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Contractor's Qualification Requirements

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State Licensed Contractors Classification and Descriptions

Work Description License Class
Curb and Gutter A/C8
Driveways (approach) A/C8
Sidewalks A/B/C8
Street/Alley A/C8/C12
Sewer Laterals A/C34/C42
Sewer Mainlines A/C34/C42
Storm Drains A/C34/C42
U/G Utilities (Water, Gas or Oil) A/C34
U/G Electrical A/C8/C12

NOTE: Any excavations in the Public Right of Way must be conducted by a State Licensed Contractor holding a current license in the appropriate class and a current City of Torrance business license.

Classification Descriptions

  1. General Engineering 
    A general engineering contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with fixed works requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skills, including the following divisions or subjects: irrigation, drainage, water supply, railroads, highways, streets, and roads, sewers and sewage disposal plants and systems, pipelines, and other systems for the transmission of petroleum and other liquid or gaseous substances, parks, playgrounds, land leveling and earth moving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, aving and surfacing work and cement and concrete works in connection with the above mentioned fixed works.
  2. General Building 
    A general building contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, for the support, shelter and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or movable property of any kind, requiring in its construction the use of more than two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.
  3. C-8 Concrete Contractor 
    A concrete contractor forms, pours, finishes and installs specified mass, pavement, flat and other concrete work; and sets screeds for pavements or flatwork. This class shall not include contractors whose sole contracting business is the application of plaster coatings or the placing and erecting of steel or bars for the reinforcing of mass pavement, flat and other concrete work.
  4. C-12 Earth and Paving Contractor
    An earthwork and paving contractor digs, moves, and places material forming the surface of the earth, other than water,in such a manner that a cut, fill, excavation, grade, trench, backfill, or tunnel can be erected, including the use of explosives for these purposes. This classification includes the mixing, fabricating and placing of paving and any other surfacing materials.
  5. C-34 Pipeline Contractor
    A pipeline contractor fabricates and installs pipelines for the conveyance of fluids, such as water, gas, or petroleum, or for the containment or protection of any other material, including the application of protective coatings or systems and the trenching, boring, shoring, backfill, compacting, paving and surfacing necessary to complete the installation of such pipelines.
  6. C-42 Sanitation Contractor
    A sanitation system contractor fabricates and installs cesspools, septic tanks, storm drains, and other sewage disposal and drain structures. This classification includes the laying of cast-iron, steel, concrete, vitreous and nonvitreous pipe and other hardware associated with these systems.