Undercover sting operations are the best way for CSLB to catch individuals in the act of contracting without a license. In order to continue these efforts to protect consumers and curb the underground economy, CSLB needs access to more residential and commercial properties to use as sting sites.
CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Teams (SWIFT) conducts the stings with the assistance of state or local law enforcement agencies. Every year, investigators issue Notices to Appear in court to hundreds of unlicensed contractors during these undercover operations held year-round throughout California.
Licensed contractors have long been one of CSLB’s main sources to identify properties – whether occupied or unoccupied – for the one- and two-day operations. It’s hoped that more licensees will support CSLB’s commitment to level the playing field for licensed contractors that follow the rules by helping to identify and secure sting properties.
A stipend is available to those who provide CSLB with a sting site. To learn more about these operations or to offer a property for a future sting please contact the SWIFT office closest to you:
Northern California 916.255.2924, SWIFTNorth@cslb.ca.gov
Central California 559.490.0580, SWIFTCentral@cslb.ca.gov
Southern California 562.345.7600, SWIFTSouth@cslb.ca.gov