Working on your San Marino Home? Did you pull a permit?


Interesting article in City of San Marino’s community Newsletter about “Owner Builders” responsibility in pulling permits.

A home owner-builder is a term that indicates that the owner of a property acts as teh general contractor on the home imporvement job and either does the work b themselves or has employees (or subcontractors) working on their home project.

When a San Marino home owner signs a building permit application as an owner-builder, the owner assumes full responsibility for all phases of their home project. I the home owners uses anyone other than an immediate family member or a licensed subcontractor to do the work, the home owner may be considered an employer.

As an employer, a homeowner must register with the state and federal governments. You will be obligated to participate in state and federal income tax withholding, federal social security taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance costs and unemployment compensation contribution. City of San Marino will ask for proof of these items if a licensed subcontractor is not listed on an owner-builder permit application.

If a homeowner’s workers are injured and subcontractors are not licensed or do not carry liability insurance or workers’ compensation, the homeowner could be liable for injuries and rehabilitation costs.

The permit fees are the same whether the owner or contractor pulls the permit. It is in the best interest of the San Marino property owner if licensed contractors are used exclusively and take care of the permitting process. For more information or to find out if your contractor has a valid license, visit the Contractors State License Board at or you may call them at 800-321-2752.

Interested in seeing what San Marino homes are available for sale? If so, take a look at the Multiple Listing Service information below. Property information is updated as homes come up on the market for sale.

For specific home details on any of these homes, please visit San Marino Homes for Sale.

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