Licensed contractors in California will soon have a new insurance requirement. Senate Bill 216, signed into law this year, requires you to provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) regardless of whether you have employees or not.

The first phase of the law applies to contractors with the following license types:

  • C-8 Concrete
  • C-20 HVAC
  • C-22 Asbestos Abatement
  • D-49 Tree Service

If you have one of these license types, you must file proof of insurance with the CSLB beginning January 1, 2023.

The second phase of this new law takes effect on January 1, 2026, when all remaining contractors (of any license type) must provide proof of coverage to the CSLB regardless of whether they have employees or not.

In either phase, your insurance company or broker can file your certificate of insurance with the CSLB for you.