A question this contractor’s expert won’t answer! But, first several I will. Sometimes you don’t need a ‘pro’ to engineer an update on your license, and we share condolences over a loss, that for a ‘partner’ also causes collateral damage beyond death…
Q: We need to obtain an “A” (General Engineering) license in California. Are we required to have an employee who is a licensed Professional Engineer prior to getting a contractor’s license?
A: No, it is not necessary to employ a Professional Engineer to qualify for a contractor’s License. You are required to have a Qualifying individual who is a bona fide employee or Officer, who can document at least four years of experience in the General Engineering trade.
Q: My Dad and I have a Contractor’s License, we are a Partnership. My Dad is the General Partner and I am the Limited Partner on the license. My father recently passed away. What are the options me with regards to the license? It is my understanding that when a Partner disassociates from the license or passes away, the license is cancelled because the Partnership no longer exists. However, is it possible for me to request a continuance to complete existing projects?
A: You are correct that when a Partner disassociates or passes away (or if the Partnership dissolves), the license is cancelled. With regards to a continuance, B&P Code Section 7076 allows for a General Partner to request a continuance of the license to complete projects contracted for or in progress prior to the date of disassociation or dissolution. The Code does not provide for Limited Partners to request a continuance.
Be sure to notify the CSLB in writing within 90 days of the dissolution of the Partnership. Failure to notify the Registrar within 90 days of the disassociation/dissolution is grounds for disciplinary action.
You will need apply for and obtain a new license to undertake new work and continue contracting. Sorry to hear of your loss.
Q: My Dad is going to be retiring and I am replacing him as the RMO on our license. He obtained the license over 40 years ago. We have nine classifications, several which fall under the “C-61” (Limited Specialty) category. When I was researching the classifications on the CSLB’s website, I see that one of our classifications, “C-61/D-51” no longer exists and it shows “Waterproofing and Weatherproofing – under relevant class.” What is the “relevant class”?
A: The “D-51” (Waterproofing and Weatherproofing) was a “C-61” (Limited Specialty) category eliminated by the CSLB a number of years ago. This work now falls under any of several classifications, depending on the specific project you’re doing. The “relevant” classifications are “C-39 (Roofing), “C-33” (Painting), “C-29” (Masonry), or “C-54” (Tile). Therefore, if the waterproofing/weatherproofing you’re doing relates to roofing, you’ll need a “C-39”; if painting is your specialty, you’d need the “C-33”, and so on. Let us know if we can help further.
Q: My employer has asked me to be the RME (Responsible Managing Employee) on the company’s license. Do you know what the typical salary/compensation is for assuming the role of RME?
A: We are asked this question frequently and unfortunately, we cannot address it. We don’t get involved in that, it is up to you and your employer.