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Chair Fletcher Proposed Transparency Measures for Subcontractors in SD County

03/15/21

Subcontractors working on permitted projects in San Diego County will soon be required to disclose more information about their business through a public County-sponsored online portal, if the Board of Supervisors approves Chair Nathan Fletcher's policy to create an ordinance on Wednesday, March 17 at 9 a.m.  

“This policy will make more information available about the subcontractors working on construction projects in our county,” said Chair Fletcher. “It is important for subcontractors to be held accountable for their work, along with their safety and labor practices. Adding simple disclosures to the online portal will help prevent unqualified operators and violators from doing shoddy work in our community.”

Each year, the County of San Diego Planning & Development Services processes about 13,000 building permits. On average, projects that utilize contractors have two to six subcontractors. The County already verifies the lead contractor is in good standing with the Contractors State Licensing Board, but this new ordinance will ensure the subcontractors they use are held to the same standards, and that the public is able to access the same information.  

The type of information subcontractors will be required to disclose through the online portal will include: 

  • Contact information,
  • Workers’ compensation insurance,
  • State Contractor License Board L:icense number and license category. 

Having this policy in place will help address situations like the one that happened a few years ago with West Coast Drywall & Co in Riverside for wage and hour violations; and the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans.     

The Subcontractor Transparency Measures for County Permits policy aligns with Chair Fletcher’s commitment to creating a new Framework for San Diego County’s Future, which puts a priority on transparency. The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher is fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, government transparency, and fundamental changes to county operations.