Contract With Unlicensed Contractor Is Not Void Ab Initio

California Business & Professions Code § 7031(a) generally prohibits unlicensed contractors from getting paid on contracts for which a contractor’s license is required.  If an unlicensed contractor enters into a contract providing for arbitration, does the ban on payment render the entire contract, including the arbitration provision illegal and unenforceable? In Templo Calvario Spanish Assembly of God