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Attention C-46 Licensed Contractors: CSLB Just Voted On July 28, 2021

Attention contractors: the CSLB just voted on July 28, 2021, to restrict the scope of work that C-46 licensed contractors can perform. These restrictions take place October 26, 2021—or 90 days after the CSLB vote.

In short, C-46 licensed contractors will no longer be able to install solar and energy storage systems. These new restrictions apply regardless of system size, customer type or technology. The restrictions also apply to all energy storage systems, whether paired with solar PV or not.

This means solar and energy storage systems would have to be installed by C-10 licensed contractors and general B licensed contractors (as permitted by B&P 7057).

B&P 7057 allows contractors who hold a general B license to perform most specialty trade work, including the work performed by C-46 contractors, when they contract to perform framing and at least two unrelated trades.

For more details about this sudden and unexpected change in the C-49 license click on the link the link below:


We expect that there will be a lot of push back in the next 90 days from solar trade organizations.

This article is intended for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinions on any specific facts or circumstances. For questions, please contact A. Maria Plumtree at mplumtree@pbconstructionlaw.com


Resources for Construction Contractors

Construction Organizations

San Luis Obispo County Builders Exchange

American Bar Association

Santa Barbara Contractors Association

Remodeler’s & Custom Builders Council of Southern California

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS)

Home Builders Association of the Central Coast

Los Angeles County Bar Association

San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

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