Is construction management the same as general contracting?
Abstract: California courts are notorious for refusing to let unlicensed general contractors collect payments due them — even in cases where the license had lapsed only for a few days during a lengthy project. But one case shows that a court may draw a distinction between construction management and general contracting. At the heart of this case is whether an entity which provides construction management services to a private owner developing commercial real property is required to be licensed. This article describes the Court of Appeal’s decision and its reasoning, while a sidebar looks at the point of view of the lone dissenting judge.