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It appears that you would need a class B or a specialty class C license to do the residential remodeling depending on the scope of your remodeling work. The class A is more for engineering type work as follows:
"A" General Engineering
A general engineering contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business
is in connection with fixed works requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill,including the following divisions or subjects: irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply, flood control, inland waterways, harbors, docks and wharves, shipyards and ports, dams and hydroelectric projects, levees, river control and reclamation works, railroads, highways, streets and roads, tunnels, airports and airways, sewers and sewage disposal plants and systems, waste reduction plants, bridges, overpasses, underpasses and other similar works, pipelines and other systems for the transmission of petroleum and other liquids or gaseous substances, parks, playgrounds and other recreational works, refineries, chemical plants and similar industrial plants requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill, powerhouses, power plants and other utilities plants and installations, mines and metallurgical plants, land leveling and earthmoving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, paving and surfacing work, and cement and concrete works in connection with the above mentioned fixed works.
(B&P Section 7056)
Class C-7 would allow you to do the following type of remodeling work:
A communication and low voltage systems contractor installs, services and maintains all types of communication and low voltage systems which are energy limited and do not exceed 91 volts. These systems include, but are not limited to telephone systems, sound systems, cable television systems, closed-circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting. Low voltage fire alarm systems are specifically not included in this section. (832.07 CCR)
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So was the solar contract for 37k?
Was the kitchen and roof contract for 49k of which you already paid him 29k and he now want the balance of the 20K?
Contracting without a license is usually a misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine, and a potential administrative fine of $200 to $15,000.
Plus, you don't have to pay the contractor for the work that he is not licensed to do. He can't sue you in court for it. The contract is voidable at your option.
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