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How to Verify a Professional's License in El Monte?

Professionals in El Monte are licensed and regulated by the 39 boards and bureaus of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Before working with any professional in the city, you should confirm that this individual has not only obtained a requisite license from the appropriate DCA board or bureau but that this license is also currently active. You can confirm the licensing status of professionals in El Monte online via the license search tool provided and maintained by the DCA.

In addition, before beginning work on your project, you may have to comply with certain city requirements, which are usually dependent on the nature and scope of the project. For example, if your project is building, construction, or home repair and improvement-related, you may be required to obtain permits from the Building Division of the El Monte Community and Economic Development Department. You can contact this division at (626) 580-2050 or via email to get specific information on the local requirements for your project, including the types of permits that may be needed. Queries can also be directed to the Building Division in person at:

  • City Hall West
  • 11333 Valley Boulevard
  • El Monte, CA 91731

Do El Monte Neighborhood Councils
Issue Permits?

No, neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, and any other types of community-based organizations in El Monte do not issue permits. These organizations are typically created by residents, local businesses, and other like-minded parties in the city to figure out ways to improve their respective neighborhoods and communities and enhance the livability of the city in general. These organizations typically collaborate with the El Monte City Council, the city's Neighborhood Services Division, and other local and state authorities to further their causes and achieve their respective set-out goals. For example, in July 2021, various community and non-profit organizations in El Monte and other areas of Southern California were awarded a grant of over $275,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in specified neighborhoods across the area. In March 2021, the El Monte City Council passed a ˜hero pay' ordinance to raise the pay of grocery and retail workers in the city by $4 per hour for 120 days, a move which, according to the City Mayor, was in appreciation of their continued essential services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to File an Unfair Business
Complaint in El Monte?

Residents of El Monte can file unfair business complaints with either the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs or the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Complaints can be filed with the Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs online or by calling (800) 593-8222. Likewise, complaints can be filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office by contacting its El Monte Area Office via phone number (626) 575-4155 or in person at:

  • 11234 East Valley Boulevard
  • Room 110
  • El Monte, CA 91731

Complaints filed with either of these agencies are typically reviewed, investigated, and resolved via several methods, such as mediations and arbitrations, referrals to appropriate regulatory agencies, and legal prosecution. It should be noted that the resolution of your complaint by either of these agencies does not mean that you will receive monetary compensation or other forms of restitution from the erring business. If you intend to seek restitution from a business, then you should consider retaining the services of an attorney near you and taking private legal action against the business. You can find licensed attorneys near you via the Los Angeles County Bar Association's SmartLaw Lawyer Referral Service, which can be contacted online or via phone number (213) 243-1525 between the hours of 8:45 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Alternatively, if the monetary compensation that you wish to obtain is not more than $10,000, then you can file a lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Small Claims Division. Small claims lawsuits are typically filed without an attorney and you can access this court's small claims resources and assistance webpage to get information on how to go about your case.