Licensing Frequently Asked Questions - Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation

1. How do I obtain a license from the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (HFTI)?

You must complete an application, with original signature, and send it with the appropriate fees to:
Department of Consumer Affairs
HFTI Licensing
PO Box 980580
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0580

HFTI will review your application and if there are no grounds for denial of your application, a license may be issued.

Please visit our Forms and Publications page for a fill and print application for all license types except Thermal Insulation Manufacturer. For a Thermal Insulation Manufacturer application, please contact HFTI.

2. What's a Registry Number?

3. How much does a license cost?

Fees vary based on license type. Please view the following chart to locate the appropriate fees.

License Type License Code Cost

Furniture Retailer

A

$140.00 Per Location

Bedding Retailer

H

$140.00 Per Location

Furniture and Bedding Retailer

M

$280.00 Per Location

Manufacturer (in United States)

MFG

$750.00 Per Location

Importer (Manufacturer located outside of US or Importer located within the US)

IMP

$750.00 Per Location

Wholesaler

WHL

$625.00 Per Location

Custom Upholsterer

B

$420.00 Per Location

Supply Dealer

E

$625.00 Per Location

Sanitizer

L

$420.00 Per Location

Thermal Insulation Manufacturer

T

$2000.00 for all locations producing the same generic type of insulation, not to exceed $8000.00.

4. Am I required to have a separate sanitizer license to sanitize and sell used bedding?

No. If you hold one of the following licenses, you do not need a separate sanitizer license:

  1. Manufacturer
  2. Bedding Retailer
  3. Furniture and Bedding Retailer
  4. Custom Upholsterer

When applying for one of these licenses, you should state in your application that you perform sanitization and the method used. You will be issued a registry number to use on your product labels.

5. How long is the license valid?

Licenses related to Home Furnishings (manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, custom upholsterer, supply dealer, sanitizer, importer) are issued for 2 years. Thermal Insulation Manufacturer licenses are issued for 1 year.

6. How long will it take for me to receive my license?

From the time your application and fees are received by HFTI, it will take approximately 4 - 6 weeks to process and mail your registration certificate. Times will also vary based on workload.

7. May I send my application via an overnight courier?

Yes, please send your completed application and fees to the following address:

Department of Consumer Affairs
HFTI Licensing
1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-100
Sacramento, CA 95834

8. Are there any examination, education, or experience requirements for a HFTI license?

No.

9. Do I need a license to make and sell quilts, pillows or comforters?

Yes. An individual who, in his or her own home and without employment of any other person, makes, sells, advertises, or contracts to make pillows, quilts, quilted pads, or comforters, must obtain a license and comply with HFTI's licensing laws. To begin the process, you should submit an application, fee waiver form, and letter verifying that you sell out of your home. The license fee is waived.

10. What can I do if my license is denied?

You have the right to request a hearing if you are notified that your license application has been denied. You must appeal a denial within 60 days after service of the notice of denial by requesting in writing that you wish to have a hearing on the denial. Please send your request to 4244 S. Market Court, Suite D, Sacramento, CA, 95834, ATTN: Licensing Unit. If you do not request a hearing within the 60-day period, your right to a hearing is deemed waived. The earliest date you may reapply is one (1) year from the date of HFTI's denial.

11. What should I expect after I send in my request for a hearing?

Upon receipt of the request, HFTI will forward the information to the Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General to process the case, prepare a Statement of Issues, and schedule a hearing. You will be notified of the time and place of the hearing.

You may have legal representation at the hearing. HFTI will be represented by the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. A decision will be made after the hearing. If the denial is upheld, the earliest date you may reapply is one (1) year from the effective date of the decision.

12. Where can I find the law that applies to the application appeal process?

You have the right to a hearing in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. Please visit the web site of the Office of Administrative Hearings to view this law.

13. How do I renew my license?

You must renew your license prior to the expiration date. Approximately 45 days prior to the expiration date, HFTI mails out courtesy renewal notices to the last known address on record. Please follow the instructions on the renewal notice and submit with the appropriate fees.

14. What if I do not receive a renewal notice?

If you do not receive a renewal notice, please send a copy of your license certificate with appropriate fees to the PO Box address stated above. If you are unable to make a copy of your license, you can send a letter with your current information, license number and renewal fee.

15. How often must a license be renewed?

A license related to Home Furnishings (manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, custom upholsterer, supply dealer, sanitizer, importer) is issued for 2 years, and renews every 2 years on the established renewal date.

An initial Thermal Insulation Manufacturer license is issued for 1 year, and renews every year on the established renewal date.

16. How much is a renewal?

Please view the following chart for appropriate renewal fees.

License Type License Code Cost

Furniture Retailer

A

$140.00 Per Location

Bedding Retailer

H

$140.00 Per Location

Furniture and Bedding Retailer

M

$280.00 Per Location

Manufacturer (in United States)

MFG

$750.00 Per Location

Importer (Manufacturer located outside of US or Importer located within the US)

IMP

$750.00 Per Location

Wholesaler

WHL

$625.00 Per Location

Custom Upholsterer

B

$420.00 Per Location

Supply Dealer

E

$625.00 Per Location

Sanitizer

L

$420.00 Per Location

Thermal Insulation Manufacturer

T

$2,000.00 Per Location

17. How much are the delinquency/penalty fees?

Renewals postmarked on or after the expiration date are subject to the delinquency fee. Renewals that are beyond 90 days from the expiration date are subject to an additional penalty fee. Please view the following chart for appropriate delinquency and penalty fees.

License Type Delinquency Penalty

Furniture Retailer (A)

$28.00

$42.00

Bedding Retailer (H)

$28.00

$42.00

Furniture and Bedding Retailer (M)

$56.00

$84.00

Manufacturer (in United States) (MFG)

$100.00

$225.00

Importer (Manufacturer located outside of US or Importer located within the US) (IMP)

$100.00

$225.00

Wholesaler (WHL)

$100.00

$187.50

Custom Upholsterer (B)

$84.00

$126.00

Supply Dealer (E)

$100.00

$187.50

Sanitizer (L)

$84.00

$126.00

Thermal Insulation Manufacturer (T)

$100.00

$600.00

18. How can I change my business name or address?

Notify HFTI in writing by fax, email or letter with your license number, new and former business name, and new and former address as applicable. Please be sure to notify us if there is a separate mailing address. You must notify HFTI within 30 days after changing your business name or address. There is no additional fee for this request.

19. I've lost my license certificate, how can I get a duplicate?

Notify HFTI in writing by fax, email or letter with your license number and request the certificate. There is no additional fee for this request.

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