Fresno’s population has been on a steady incline since the 1970s. It has easy access to the mountains and national parks. It also features sunny year-round conditions, so it’s not hard to see why the city is a popular choice. This means there’s always work for builders who understand Fresno and its unique requirements.
You’ll need a building permit to construct or revamp a building in Fresno. File your application with the City of Fresno’s Building and Safety Permit Counter. Submit either your detailed project plans or a complete Permit Affidavit Form. You’ll pay for your permit once it’s approved.
You must start work on your project within 180 days of your permit’s approval. Don’t stop your work for 180 days after commencing it or your permit will expire. You can reactivate your permit for 25 percent of the initial fee. If your project stays abandoned for a year or more, you’ll have to pay the full permit fee.
The Building and Safety/Inspection Services Division will send an inspector to examine your work. He or she will then set your permit’s end date to 180 days later. You can ask the Building Official for an extension in writing if you need more time.
Independent builders and owners of building companies in Fresno need a contractor license. They can apply with California’s Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board. Employees do not need a license.
The Board issues the following contractor licenses:
Your license allows you to perform certain duties, so it’s important to get the right one.
To get your first license, you’ll need to pass the board’s license exam. You must then complete the Asbestos Open Book Exam. Sign the verification form and submit it with bond verification and the license fee. You must also submit a declaration showing proof of workers’ compensation coverage. Or, you can show that you’re exempt under Section 19825 of the Health and Safety Code. Mail all these documents to the Contractors State License Board in Sacramento. Once you receive your license, remember to renew it every two years.
California has reciprocity agreements with Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. If you already hold a contractor license in one of these states, you may qualify for a California license.
Fresno has a mix of soil types, from fine and coarse sand to denser clay. The sands can be very soft and a hazard for forklifts and boom lifts. They’re more comfortable on firmer clay soil. Clay soil can become slippery after rain, though. You can address this problem with a crawler undercarriage for your boom lift, for example.
With the right permits, licenses, and equipment, you’ll have all the tools you need for a successful Fresno construction project.