A new program is being launched in Butte County to target unlicensed contractors, and it's the first of its kind in the state. Members of the California State License Board met with local contractors at the Butte County Board of Supervisors chambers today to announce the official start of "Eyes on Site". Industry experts in the county will provide leads to the CSLB to help them identify and put a stop to illegal construction sites. CSLB Chief of Enforcement, David Fogt, says the extra sets of eyes will be a big help to a department that is already stretched thin.
"For proactive enforcement, meaning that we're going to check for license compliance on active job sites, we have 30 investigators for 58 counties in the state. It's just not enough," he says.
Local contractors, like Greg Johnson, owner of Johnson Roofing Co. in Chico, say this program will help protect homeowners from losing money to companies that don't have workers compensation.
"If one of the workers falls off the roof and breaks their neck, the homeowner will get sued on their homeowners insurance because the unlicensed guy is not going to be able to help. So it'll help educate them to protect them," he says.
Local contractors also say that they estimate roughly 10-25% of their bids are lost to unlicensed workers every year.