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 NEW!  Public Works Registration Fee.  Contractors shown on bid lists for public works must be Registered with the Dept of Industrial Relations (DIR).  The $300 Registration Fee is used by DIR to monitor adherence to public works labor law. This is an annual fee.  In this first year, fees must be paid by early 2015, but will be due again by July 1, 2015.  Click here to register and/or find out more

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Support Chico State Concrete Industry Management.  The Bob Bauman Memorial Golf Tournament recognizes the hard work the CIM students put in by awarding a scholarship every year.  You can show your support and have a fun day at golf.  Plus, take a chance at shooting a hole-in-one for $10,000! Friday, September 26, Tuscan Ridge Golf   Click here for your registration form.

Free webinar.  Doing it Right: HVAC Permits & Title 24 Energy Regulations.  Friday, September 19, 11:00 am - Noon.  Hear from CSLB Board Member and Butte County Building Official Nancy Springer and CSLB Enforcement Chief Dave Fogt.  Put this in your calendar, then go on the internet and listen:  www.cslb.ca.gov or www.cslb.tvFriday, 9/19 11am-noon.

Pass this info on to your office staff:  Prevailing Wage Webinar, presented by Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA).  Only $10 per person - what a deal!  Tuesday, Sept 25, 9:00am - noon. Click here to download registration flyer and pay in advance.

Governor Brown needs to hear from you about SB 792.  Fax him at 916-558-3160

     SB 792 was passed without any public input.  In the last weekend of the session, special interests had politicians "gut-and-amend" a bill, rewriting the bill to require special certification for application of protective coatings on public works projects.  This will benefit a small percentage of select union tradesmen while hurting other union tradesmen. It will also raise the cost of public works and lower the number of qualifying firms.  For rural areas like ours, it's likely there won't be any "certified" companies that are willing to travel. The cost of the project will be too high for rural counties to afford anyway.  See more:  Sacramento Bee article on "Mushroom Legislation that Grows in the Dark of Night", Request for Veto letter, Text of the Bill.
Then, fax the Governor and ask him to veto SB 792.

CSLB has a notice about expedited Well Drilling (C-57) licensing (click here)  and CARB's allowance for out-of-compliance drilling rigs. (click to read)     

Action Alert!  Proposed changes to the heat illness prevention regulation ratchets up employer & supervisor requirements.  The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) needs to hear from you about what they have proposed.  Click here to go to our special webpage on this draft.

Looking for work? 
Local contractors are hiring. Superintendent, framers, laborers, and more... Click Here to go to our employment page and see what's available. 

New Energy codes are causing some headaches with building departments and contractors and designers. And owners.  it will be tough going for a while as the codes are applied to real building   Work together with the building department staff and their management.  We're all in this together. 
   *** Here is some online training to learn the 2013 Energy codes:  www.energycodeace.com, www.energy.ca.gov/title24/

Lighting Control Acceptance Test Technicians.  Find out more at California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (www.CALCTP.org) or National Lighting Contractors Association of America (www.NLCAA.org).  Or from the Energy Commission

Consumers!  Remodeling?  Doing Energy Efficiency Upgrades?  Need emergency repairs?  Find out why it's smart to use a member of the Valley Contractors Exchange!   (Click here for CSLB Consumer Information)

Beware of Debris Removal and Construction Scams!  Click here to read the Contractor State License Board Consumer Alert/Fact Sheet.

Tips from the Contractors State License Board: 
1.  Hire only state-licensed contractors.
2.  Check a contractor's license number online at
3.  Get at least three bids.
4.  Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
5.  Make sure all project expectations are in writing.
6.  Confirm the contractor has workers' compensation insurance for employees.
7.  Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.  (Some exceptions apply)

Members of the Valley Contractors Exchange stay current on construction regulations and codes.  Their membership is an indication of their professionalism.   

Use a VCE member for your home improvement and building needs.  Click here to go to our "Find a Contractor" resource page.

Contractors - State Fund workers comp makes your job easier.  Through VCE you get the resources to make your job site safer.  If an accident does happen, State Fund keeps it simple for you.  Then helps get the employee back-to-work.
  • Ask your broker to get a quote.  VCE members can qualify for an additional 6% discount.  Tell them you are a member of Valley Contractors Exchange, State Fund Construction Group #272. 

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The VALLEY CONTRACTORS EXCHANGE (VCE) is a member-operated, non-profit association of contractors and construction professionals.  VCE provides members with access to bidding documents, industry education, safety training and construction resources.  Learn more... 

Online Plans!  Construction bidding documents for construction projects in Northern California!  Easy to use online software - internet based, bid on over 2,000 jobs each year.

Use our RESOURCES page for information on how to successfully run a construction business:  contracts, bidding, hiring, diesel engine regulations,stormwater prevention plans, construction regulations and more. 

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY page is dedicated to keeping workers safe.

The page titled  BUILDING CODES AND "GREEN"  directs you to the latest on updated building codes, resources for Energy Efficiency contracting and the latest on codes that change every 3 years.  The worst way to find out a code changed is having the building inspector require a do-over...   

Homeowners can
FIND A CONTRACTOR by type of work.  Always use licensed contractors! Members work in the Northstate: Chico, Oroville, Paradise, Yuba City, Marysville, Butte County, Yuba and Sutter Counties, Colusa, Glenn and Plumas Counties.

Don't miss our EVENTS AND TRAINING - always open to members and non-members.  Members benefit from a discounted cost. 

NEED BIDS?  List a project with VCE for FREE!  Looking for work to bid?  We do the footwork for you by compiling blueprints, spec books, addenda, memos, prime contractors and bid results all in one place.  Check out our list of jobs bidding in Northern California (use the link above). 

Jobs, safety topics, construction news and more is found in our WEEKLY NEWSLINE.  Non-members can purchase the Weekly Newsline for $10 per week.

Need something not listed here?  We probably do that, too!  Give us a call, 530-343-1981. 

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Joining the Exchange is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  Click to download Membership and/or Online Planroom forms, or give us a call Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm at 530-343-1981.  See our Member Benefits page for more information.

  1. Fill out an application

  2. Add the Online Planroom and get extra value and convenience - Click here for the sign-up form.

  3. Include our Specialty Listing, designating the type of work you want to be referred for, and are able to perform in a single-trade contract.

State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF)

VCE endorses State Compensation Insurance Fund™ for workers comp insurance and supports its efforts to maintain construction site safety. 
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Golden State Builders Exchanges (GSBE)
VCE is a proud member of the Golden State Builders Exchanges.   For more info on GSBE, click here.

Working Together For the Enhancement of the Construction Industry.

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