Between Oakland and Hayward, San Leandro is a suburban city with a possibility of a lot of growth. There are plenty of opportunities for construction in San Leandro, especially in the residential industry. Before you start, however, make sure you know all of the requirements and rules laid out by the city and the state. San Leandro has certain requirements for permits, inspections, licenses, and insurance. Make sure you have everything you need before you begin your project.
One of the most important parts of the construction process is getting the right permits. In San Leandro, you will need to get a construction permit if you want to build within the city limits. You can get your construction permit at the City’s Permit Center. Some permits are issued over the counter such as projects for signs, termite repair work, window replacement, re-roofing, electrical service changes, and furnace and water heater replacements.
In addition to applying for the permit, you have to pay for it too. The fees are on a sliding scale based on the valuation of the project. For projects that involve electrical, plumbing, and mechanical, the fees are based on the type and number of fixtures and equipment being installed.
After you have received your permit, you can begin construction. At some point, however, you will have to get your building inspected. This ensures the work is up to code and meets all the requirements.
To schedule an inspection, either go on the cities website where you can request an inspection or call the Building and Safety Division at 510-577-3405. You can ask for a morning or an afternoon inspection Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
In California, you must meet certain minimum requirements to perform contracting work in the State. You have to get your license from the Contractors’ State License Board. To get a license, you have to take an exam and have practical experience. You cannot even sit for the exam until you have four years of experience. They do this to make sure that all contractors are qualified in the State.
Another important part of becoming a contractor is the insurance and bond portion. In California, the required amount of your contractors’ bond is $15,000. These bonds along with contractor liability insurance are used to help pay for any damages caused by your company. Make sure you have all the proper insurance and bonds before you apply to become a contractor and begin construction.
It is important to have the right equipment for your job in San Leandro. You don’t want to go into a project underprepared. One way to prepare yourself is to rent your equipment with BigRentz. We have all the proper equipment to get you on your way to a successful build.