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Background (as I understand it in California)

My friends, some stranger, or myself are allowed to do minor repairs (minor plumbing or electrical work) to a home, without the need for professional licenses/certifications. As long as no one is doing it as a paid professional.

We can also do major renovations or demolitions (major plumbing, etc.) as long as we get local permits first.

Again, all without the need for professional licenses/certifications. As long as no one is doing it as a paid professional.

Question

If I'm filming and paying actors doing these tasks, would this be legal?

I've hired them to act like licensed professionals not be licensed professionals.

In these situations/scenes, these tasks may or may not get complete fully, but they would be doing the actual tasks, not just a fake version of them.

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    What is the context of the films? Fiction films? Or how-to films? If how-to, you may need to run a disclaimer as to the accuracy of the portrayed work. (Think This Old House disclaimer). – BlueDogRanch Dec 13 '19 at 22:15
  • The context would be fiction/fantasy. I'm not worried about liability from viewers. But the legality for the producers and actors by making the production. – Byran Zaugg Dec 13 '19 at 22:33
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    You're wrong about asbestos abatement. See section 1.3 of this pdf. Legal owner who is resident in house can do it, but cannot be helped by anyone. – mkennedy Dec 13 '19 at 22:35

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