Contractor Scam Alert
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has been made aware of homeowners falling victim to contractor “scams” in which they were fraudulently billed fees for non-existent or fake City building permits. The City would like to provide residents with tips to protect themselves from such individuals.
Many homeowners don’t know what kind of work requires a permit, or what a permit looks like. Below are steps you can take to verify the legitimacy of your contractor and permits.
How can I verify that my contractor is state-licensed?
You can look up your contractor’s license with the California Contractors State License Board at cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800-321-2752. Then, verify that your contractor has a photo ID that matches the name on their license.
How can I verify that my contractor has a business license with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes?
You can find a list of active business licenses on the City website at the following link: https://www.rpvca.gov/677/Business-License-List
How do I know if my project needs a permit?
You can determine what kind of work requires a permit from the City at the following link: https://www.rpvca.gov/1452/Do-I-Need-a-Permit
How can I tell if my permit is valid?
Valid permits will be listed in the City’s permit database. You can conduct a permit search on the City website at the following link: https://etrakit.rpvca.gov/eTRAKiT/Search/permit.aspx
Additionally, an authentic permit will have a valid permit ID or record number. Fake and real examples are shown below.
FAKE PERMIT RECEIPT