Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley wants community members to know that household movers are required to be permitted by California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Household movers who operate without a permit face criminal and civil penalties, and are subject to prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office.

Consumers and legitimate, permitted businesses are harmed by unpermitted operators, Dudley said. For further information, refer to the California Department of Consumer Affairs advisory, Moving Household Goods — Who Is Required to Hold a Permit?