How To Start A Roofing Business In California

How to Start a Roofing Business In California

There are a number of steps to take to start a roofing business in the state of California. You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business.

You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.  Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your roofing and/or siding and gutter company, along with links to more information.
Getting started- California’s official website about how to start a business in California is found here: California Business Portal

1. Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: California Business Name Availability .  Your fictitious name must be registered with your county clerk.

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: California Business Entities

More on business structure: How To Select a Roofing Business Structure

3.  Register your business.

After choosing your business structure, you can register your business with the state of California.  Find out more here: Register Your Business Entity

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here:

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

In California and many states, understanding the regulations and laws regarding the need for contractor liability and bonds for contractors can be tricky. Having the right coverage is crucial for all roofing contractors.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Plus, their expertise means they’re fast when it comes to getting the right bond and liability coverage.  California roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

7.  Register as a Contractor.

To become a roofing contractor, you must apply for a contractor’s license in the state of California.  The registration application is found here: Contractors State License Board .

8. Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

9. Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

10. City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

11. Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

12. Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.

14.  Financing.

Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment. Direct Capital offers financing for equipment for businesses*Must have a 700+ FICO score OR be in business 2 years for consideration. Find out more>

15. Marketing.

To get your roofing business going, you may need to use multiple marketing techniques:  Roofing Marketing Ideas