Unlicensed contractors nailed in sting at Oakmont
On April 5 and 6, a sting operation was conducted jointly by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, in which unlicensed contractors were contacted for unlawfully trying to obtain contracting work in Oakmont.
The operation was conducted at two different residences in Oakmont after CSLB inspectors called contractors in response to the contractors’ advertisements. The unlicensed contractors appeared at the Oakmont homes and gave bids for doing construction work. Thirteen of the suspects were then cited for contracting without a license and/or for advertising without disclosing their license status and are due to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court on June 6 and 7.
The law requires contractors be licensed when any work to be performed, including materials, exceeds $500. State law prohibits unlicensed contractors from advertising for construction-related work valued at $500 or more, although they can advertise for jobs below that amount, provided that the advertisement clearly states that they are not licensed. For a first conviction, penalties for contracting without a license include up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.