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Congratulations to Maria Plumtree & Nick Brunner on Successfully Defending a Contractor Against the CSLB!

Successful Defense of a Contractor Against the CSLB Plumtree & Associates LLP is proud to announce that attorneys Maria Plumtree & Nick Brunner successfully defended a licensed contractor corporation against the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in an administrative hearing (Accusation) wherein the CSLB, represented by the Attorney General, sought: A complete revocation of […]

The Substantial Compliance Lifeline for YOUR CSLB License

Many contractors know that they have a few legal lifelines for safety as they walk the narrow path along the ledge between survival and failure. Yet, the strength of these legal lifelines has rarely been tested for reliability in recent years until now. In the recent court of appeal case, C.W. Johnson & Sons, Inc. […]

Material Suppliers Are Exempt From The Stay At Home Order

Governor Newsom has inserted clarifying language, to confirm what was already believed, that material suppliers in construction are exempt from the stay at home order. You can see the insertion of “construction material suppliers” in the section regarding Essential Workforce – Public Works on page 3 of the order; and the insertion of “construction material sources” in […]

Avoiding Employees Or Jobsites Being Stopped By Local Jurisidcitions

The trade contractor’s organization CALPASC is hearing of some local building inspectors attempting to shut down jobsites because of the inspectors belief proper safety measures are not being taken in regards to COVID-19. CALPASC recommends posting at the jobsite, or workers having a list of safety guidelines; that can be shown to inspectors, but also […]

New CA Critical Infrastructure List – It Is Even Better For Contractors!!!

New Order Governor Newsom’s Office last night (March 20, 2020) released an update on his Executive Order Providing clarification on the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” who are exempt from the Stay Home Order. Most contractors can work. In the “OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS” section.   * Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and […]


Governor Newsom, after issuing his original Executive Order last night, later agreed to make an exception for construction, and housing construction. The Governor Newsome has not amended his Executive Order, but the website portal to it shows the addition of an exemption for construction, and housing construction. You can see that addition here: httpss://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ Plumtree  & Associates will […]

Licenses and Certifications offered by the CSLB

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) currently offers 73 different contractor license classifications. Each license covers a specific area of construction expertise. It is extremely important for a contractor to know what can and cannot be done with its license.  The CSLB can take taking disciplinary action against a contractor working outside its license. The […]

The California Contractors State License Board – A General Overview

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was originally established in 1929 as the Contractors’ License Bureau under the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards. Today, the CSLB is part of the Department of Consumer Affairs The CSLB is a double edge sword for contractors – it protects duly licensed contractors against unlicensed contractors, but also […]

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