Either the homeowner or a licensed contractor can obtain the necessary permits. However, licensed contractors who fail to obtain a permit, or check that the homeowner has done so before construction, violate contractors' license law.
The CSLB is mandated to levy fines and penalties of up to $5,000 per violation and, for serious or repeated violations, may suspend or revoke the contractor's license. The board may also issue an order of correction. This requires the contractor to procure the permits and pay the penalties imposed by the local building department.