Modesto is located 92 miles east of San Francisco and is the county seat of Stanislaus County. The surrounding area is farmland with major products that include milk, chickens, and almonds. The farm-to-table way of life is very evident here. If you’re planning a construction job in this area, here’s what you need to know to get started.
You can apply for simple permits online. These include replacing a water heater, re-roofing permits, and HVAC services. For other permits, you’ll likely need to submit building plans in order to get one. Submit these plans to Building Safety located at 1010 10th Street on the third floor.
When you submit your plans, the staff will let you know if you need a Pre-Plan Check. Once the Building Safety department approves your plans, you can pay your fees and get your permit.
Modesto requires inspections at specific stages of construction. These inspections ensure that all work meets current building codes and standards. To schedule an inspection, call the automated phone system at 209-571-5881. If you need an inspection the next business day, call by 3 pm. If you call after 3 pm, you will have to wait two business days.
You can use the system to schedule an inspection, cancel an inspection, find out the results of an inspection, or hear a plan review status. Make sure you have your approved building plans on the job site during your scheduled inspection.
California requires all contractors to have a license that pertains to their trade. If you don’t already have a general contracting license for this state or you don’t have one that was active in the last five years, work with the Contractors State License Board to obtain one. One requirement is taking a test that covers trade-specific information as well as business knowledge.
After passing this test, submit your application to the board for approval. You can find an easy-fill application online, making the application process even easier.
California and Modesto don’t require you to have general liability insurance. Even so, just because it’s not required doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t benefit from having it. This is especially true when you are working in construction where injury and property damage is more likely.
Lawsuits happen, and having insurance means that your business will be protected if one happens to you. It’s worth it to get liability coverage just for the peace of mind.
As you prepare for your construction job, you may wonder what options you have for getting the equipment you need. Of course, you can transport any equipment you own to the job site, like forklifts or boom lifts, or purchase anything you don’t. Another option is renting equipment you don’t have or don’t want to transport. That might include manlifts, scissor lifts, loaders, or storage containers. Renting is a great way to save money on your construction job.
Modesto is a beautiful area of California. By planning ahead with licenses and permits, you’re sure to be ahead of the game.