Contractors State License Board

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is a primary resource for consumers dealing with contractors and the construction industry. The board helps protect homeowners before and after they hire building contractors. The CSLB licenses and regulates contractors and investigates complaints against them. They also investigate related fraud issues.

Scam Alert

Lakewood’s older residents need to avoid becoming targets of repair scams that can leave them scared and vulnerable and bilking them out of thousands of dollars. Taking advantage of the season, some bogus contractors pressure the vulnerable elderly into winter repair work that is overpriced, not covered by city building permits and often incompetently done . . . or not done at all.

You may be approached this summer by a contractor with a "horror story" about the condition of your roof or gutters and the "great deal" the contractor can offer. Remember: a deal that is too good to be true is almost always not true!

  • Before you hire anyone to work on your home, get at least two estimates from contractors who are licensed and known in the community. A "contractor" with left-over roofing materials from "a job down the block" who offers to do a quick repair job -- but only if you make a decision on the spot -- is setting you up for a fleecing.
  • When you hire a contractor, ask to see his or her pocket license form and some other kind of identification. Write down the name and six-digit license number, and then call the Contractors State License Board at 800-321-2752 to verify that the contractor’s license is valid.
  • Never sign any agreement or authorize any work without taking time to read the agreement and discussing exactly what work will be done with the contractor.
  • Before you hire anyone, pick up a free guide to hiring a contractor at Lakewood City Hall (5050 Clark Avenue in the Lakewood Civic Center).
  • When in doubt, call the Lakewood building inspection team.

Contact Us

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827

Contractors State License Board Local Office
12501 East Imperial Hwy. Suite 600
Norwalk, CA 90650

Southern Case Management: 562-345-7656

Report unlicensed activity to the Southern Statewide Investigative Fraud Team: 562-345-7600

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Closed on holidays.