Rebuild Your Life

Rebuilding After the Disaster

  • Rebuild Smarter and Stronger
  • Handling Ash, Debris and other Hazardous Materials from Burned Structures
  • Disaster Debris Management
  • Management Options for Expedited Collection of Hazardous Wastes from Burned Areas
  • Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
    • CSLB provides guidance on verifying a contractor's license, investigates complaints, and also provides information about hiring a licensed contractor. For information on hiring or filing a complaint regarding a contractor, contact CSLB Disaster Hot line M-F from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 1-800-962-1125, or 24-hour Automated Phone Response System 1-800-321-CSLB (2752). Licenses can also be checked online at
    • CSLB also has the following information available to consumers and they can be found by following the link below:
    • After A Disaster Don't Get Scammed - Tips from the Contractors State License Board on protecting yourself after a disaster.
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  • To verify a license, obtain the complaint history of an architect, or to review the booklet Consumer's Guide to Hiring an Architect, visit our website at or call CAB at the toll-free number 1-800-991-2223 to request information. The booklet outlines information on how to find and hire an architect, steps to take in negotiating a contract, and offers general suggestions to assist in the planning process.
  • Federal Government assistance and information can be found at
  • Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors can provide a guide to consumers on what they need to know before hiring and engineer or surveyor. Visit to print the consumer guide or call 1-866-780-5370.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs ( has a wealth of disaster recovery information for the greater Los Angeles area, and what to do during the rebuilding process following a disaster.
  • A well planned hardscape and landscape is an integral component of fire protection; licensed landscape architects have the required knowledges and skills necessary to identify, correct, or design new exterior structures and landscapes to provide a safer environment that can better withstand natural disasters. The Landscape Architects Technical Committee's website at provides verification of landscape architect licenses and consumer guides for selecting landscape architects for residential, public sector, and private development projects. You may contact the LATC directly at (916) 575-7230 to request information.