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Construction cleaning services are normally contracted out to third party companies that specialize construction zone clean up and safe disposal of excess debris. A clean site once the job is done is a critical phase of the construction process.
Construction clean up Contractors that have professional grade equipment and adhere to public health and safety regulations can create a highly lucrative business within a multi-billion, dollar industry.
This article will cover everything you need to know about how to legally offer construction cleaning services!
"A construction cleanup contractor cleans up and/or removes from building grounds or structures any debris resultant from any construction project including but not limited to: concrete, dirt, scrap lumber, plaster, drywall, any paint or adhesive products from windows, floors, ceramic tile and bathroom fixtures" - CSLB.GOV
Construction clean up contractors are typically hired by General Contractors to complete the final stages of a construction or remodel project that.
General Contractors oversee that the subcontractor has executed their duties in adhering to environmental regulations and to the specific requests of a client.
Learn more about the General Contractor License!
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California.
Their sole responsibility is to protect the consumer public. They ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state.
Being able to read and understand blueprints is a core skill for anyone working in or around a construction site.
Identifying the structural details and dimensions of a building before beginning the clean up process can be very valuable.
Construction blueprints communicate an array of information to builders.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for all tradesman, but can be especially important for a construction clean up contractor who may be apart of a larger construction project.
Learn how to read Construction Blueprints!
To get the construction clean up contractor license in California, you must prove a minimum of 4 years journeyman level experience and pass a two part state exam with the Contractor State License Board.
To qualify for an exam date you must meet the the following requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for a construction clean up company, or for a contractor that holds the C-61/D-63 License.
The CSLB will want to see four full-time years over the last ten years. The years do not need to be consecutive, but they do need to be four years in total.
The following people may be used as Qualifying Individuals to sign off on your experience when applying for the construction clean up contractor license:
“Sam is a nice guy and very experienced” is not descriptive enough for the CSLB.
The people reviewing your application will want to see something like:
"Sam has cleaned up residential and commercial job sites and has safely disposed of various construction debris. Sam knows how to operate a dump truck as well as using a variety of cleaning products in adherence to EPA standards" etc.
You must be prepared to submit documentation supporting the experience you claim to have. The Contractors State License Board gives you a few ways that you can prove your experience which include:
The CSLB receives thousands of applications per month so there is a good chance they won’t document your experience.
However, if you are one of the applicants that get reviewed you will need to be ready to submit something.
The CSLB does not accept pictures of projects.
The time it takes to get your application processed and assigned a test date fluctuates throughout the year.
Typically you can expect:
I have seen some situations where applicants got their test date sooner and some where they got their test date much later.
The most common reasons your application would get held up are:
The current state fees are:
1. $330 State Application Fee ( one time fee per application sent to the state board )
2. $200 License Activation Fee ( paid every two years )
You will also need to pay for live scan fingerprinting.
Upon passing the exam, the state board requires you to have a Contractor Bond number. A construction bond is a security deposit issued by a surety company.
Construction bonds protect employees, suppliers, sub-contractors or clients against a contractor's failure to abide by an agreement.
Learn more about Construction Bonds!
Having a criminal record in no way stops you from getting a sandblasting contractor License. I have personally helped guys with all types of criminal records obtain multiple licenses.
The key is to be honest on the application, even if the felony or misdemeanor happened years ago and even if it was expunged.
BE 100% HONEST ON THE APPLICATION, because they will see everything anyway when you do fingerprinting.
The CSLB handles criminal records on a case by case basis.
Remember, their responsibility is to protect the public. In my experience, they primarily concerned with criminal charges associated with Fraud, Embezzlement and Forgery.
Contractor licenses are broken down into four categories:
1) A-General Engineering
2) B-General Building
3) C-Specialty classes
4) C-61 / D-Limited Specialty classes
Each category of license except the D-Limited Specialty license class requires that you pass a TRADE exam. C-61 Classification licenses do not have trade portions.
You must only pass a LAW exam.
The exam is:
The Law Examination is divided into eight major sections:
1. Business Organization (10%)
2. Business Finances (15%)
3. Employment Requirements (12%)
4. Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
5. Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
6. Licensing Requirements (8%)
7. Safety (15%)
8. Public Works (7%)
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Generally someone looking to become a construction clean up contractor would want to look into an apprenticeship for find an experienced person to work with.
Getting the C-61/D-63 license is a smooth process.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman!
During the construction clean up process, contractors may encounter lead paint on the job.
Understanding how to safely contain lead-based paint when altering structures built before 1978 is required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Getting a certification can help you expand your business and can be completed in a one day 8 hour course.
Staying EPA compliant is not only important to the survival of your business but also the safety of your customers.
Learn how to get an EPA Certification, in 8 hours!
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