Florida Contractor Licensing FAQ

/Florida Contractor Licensing FAQ
Florida Contractor Licensing FAQ2017-05-07T22:09:35-04:00
Is a Florida contractor required to renew the license or prove continuing education credits?2019-08-14T15:16:32-04:00

Yes and yes!

The Florida DBPR, by and through its Construction Board, in its rule-making capacity, require mandatory continuing education requirements be met before the renewal of contractor licenses for both certified and registered contractors in Florida.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents. David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors successfully achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Do I need to prove workers compensation insurance when applying for a Florida contractor license?2019-08-14T15:21:09-04:00

Yes and no depending upon specific circumstances that match your business profile as described below.

Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation require that all Florida contractors maintain workers compensation insurance or the business owner may apply for an exemption.

In Florida, workers’ compensation exemptions are typically permissible for company owner(s) and up to three company officers. However, each exempt officer must prove share ownership of the business entity.

Contractor Licensing, Inc. provides Florida contractors a workers’ compensation insurance policy and can assist with a workers’ compensation exemption services to make the entire “insuring” process seamless and cost-efficient.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents. The office expert David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Will I be required to register my Florida contractor license with each city or county within Florida?2019-08-14T15:26:34-04:00

This question is not a yes or no answer.

Some cities within some counties require a Florida contractor to purchase a local business tax receipt as a condition of applying for a local building permit. In addition, a Florida contractor may be required to apply for a certificate of use, DERM Permit or Home Office Permit which may require zoning approval to operate your business entity from a commercial lease space or from within your own residential home, or a model home which also depends upon the specific local rules in effect within the municipality.

All of these pertinent and relevant questions can be discussed and resolved by requesting a free consultation. Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things. Contractor Licensing, Inc. retains an expert David Taber. David has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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How long does it usually take for a Florida contractor license application to be approved?2019-08-14T15:40:12-04:00

The short answer is the applications for a Florida contractor license will typically be reviewed and a determination made within 30 to 45 days. However, this does not constitute an approval, because the determination may require additional information, clarification, additional supporting documents, or an application may be rejected for other reasons.

BUYER BEWARE:

Some organizations advertise certain approval terms as part of their sales pitch. In once instance, the printed materials from a competitor wrote the following sales pitch offer — “guaranteed 2 week turn-around time.”

Don’t be fooled by those “other” organizations making false guaranteed turn-around sales pitch promises. Other competitors offered to utilize “special contacts” employed within the DBPR to expedite an application faster by claiming their clients are purportedly “preferred clients”.

This is a similarly false claim. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a state agency and must adhere to state rules and regulations. Those rules and regulations prohibit any business or vendor from receiving preferential treatment.

All Florida contractor license applications are processed in the order they are received. Once a Florida contractor license application is received, the average wait time is generally 30-45 business days, at which point DBPR staff will generally issue a formal written response. Keep in mind, the application process may take longer depending upon a variety of circumstances and delay can occur based upon workload volume.

Technically speaking, the state employee reviewing a Florida contractor license application has up to 45 business days to issue a formal written response.

Professional Solution:

Upon retaining Contractor Licensing, Inc., an expert will be designated as your authorized representative. The expert will ensure that your pending application and all supporting documents are expedited properly with an emphasis on reducing wait time and to offer help to avoid deficiencies during that Florida contractor license application process.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents. The office expert David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Do I need to submit fingerprints with my Florida contractor license application?2019-08-14T15:55:43-04:00

Yes fingerprints are required!

All initial issue Florida contractor license applications require fingerprints to complete a criminal background check performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

There are no exceptions. The fingerprint requirement is a matter of rule and law and applies to any applicant seeking an initial Florida contractor license, or when a contractor seeks to make a change of status of an existing Florida contractor license, or by requesting to add an additional business entity, or when requesting an endorsement. Fingerprints are submitted electronically through a department-approved vendor.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents.

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Am I Required To Obtain Liability Insurance?2019-08-14T16:01:10-04:00

Yes!

All Florida Contractor License applicants are required to obtain Commercial Liability Insurance.

Contractor Licensing, Inc. will attach a copy of your Certificate of Liability Coverage as proof of required insurance with your Florida contractor license application.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents.

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Will My Florida Contractor License Application Require Me To Submit A Bond?2019-08-14T16:04:11-04:00

Depending upon the circumstances, the State of Florida may require a Florida Contractor License applicant to submit a Surety Bond along with the application. Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents.

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What is the difference between a Registered Florida contractor and a Certified Florida contractor?2019-08-14T16:05:53-04:00

In Florida, generally speaking, a “Registered Contractor” means the Florida Contractor License applies to a local competency examination and can perform only within that locale.

In Florida, generally speaking, a “Certified Contractor” means the Florida Contractor License applies in each community throughout the entire State of Florida.

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How Can I Prepare For My Florida Contractor License Exam?2019-08-14T16:07:34-04:00

Each applicant seeking to sit for a Florida contractor exam is well advised to contact David Taber at Contractor Licensing, Inc.  By utilizing this free consultation with David Taber, the Florida contractor license exam is explained and expert guidance is offered, including how-best to utilize exam preparation techniques which have worked successfully for other Florida contractors.

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Are there different types of Florida Contractor licenses?2019-08-21T15:19:34-04:00

There are numerous types of contractor licenses in Florida.  There are also specialty contractor licenses. Contractor Licensing, Inc. will provide a free consultation when you call the office and speak with David Taber.

Florida Contractor licenses include:

General Contractor:  a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of construction work which may be performed.

Building Contractor:  a contractor who may construct commercial buildings, single-dwelling, or multiple-dwelling residential buildings. These buildings cannot exceed three stories in height.  A building contractor may also construct the “accessory use structures” in connection with these residential buildings. An accessory use structure is a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuildings.  A building contractor’s services are limited to remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building without affecting the structural elements of the building.

Residential Contractor:  a contractor who may construct, remodel, repair, or improve one-family, two-family, or three-family residences which are not more than two stories and also the “accessory use structures,” such as a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuildings.

Roofing Contractor: a contractor whose services are unlimited in the roofing trade.

Sheet Metal Contractor: a contractor whose services are unlimited in the sheet metal trade. A Sheet Metal Contractor may also work with other materials, including, but not limited to, fiberglass.

Class “A” Air-Conditioning Contractor: a contractor whose services are unlimited in the installation, maintenance, repair, fabrication, alteration, extension, or design of central air-conditioning systems. A Class “A” Air-Conditioning Contractor may not perform any work such as liquefied petroleum or natural gas fuel lines within buildings, potable water lines or connections, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping, and filters, or electrical power wiring.

Class “B” Air-Conditioning Contractor: a contractor whose services are limited to 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU of heating in any one system. A Class “B” Air-Conditioning Contractor may not perform any work such as liquefied petroleum or natural gas fuel lines within buildings, potable water lines or connections, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping, and filters, or electrical power wiring.

Class “C” Air-Conditioning Contractor: a contractor whose services are limited to air-conditioning, heating, or refrigeration systems, including any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system.

Mechanical Contractor: a contractor whose services are unlimited in the installation, maintenance, repair, fabrication, alteration, extension, or design of central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work in connection with a complete system. A Mechanical Contractor may not perform any work that involves potable water lines or connections, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping, and filters or electrical power wiring.

Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor: a contractor whose scope of work involves, but is not limited to the installation, construction, repair, and servicing of any swimming pool, or hot tub or spa, including the repair or replacement of equipment or installation of new equipment. Includes the scope of work of a swimming pool/spa servicing contractor. A Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor cannot perform direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines.

Residential Pool/Spa Contractor: a contractor whose scope of work involves, but is not limited to the installation, construction, repair, and servicing of any residential swimming pool, or hot tub or spa, including the repair or replacement of equipment or installation of new equipment. Includes the scope of work of a swimming pool/spa servicing contractor. A Residential Pool/Spa Contractor cannot perform direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines.

Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor: a contractor whose scope of work involves the servicing and repair of any swimming pool or hot tub or spa.

Plumbing Contractor: a contractor whose scope of work involves, but is not limited to the installation, construction, repair, alter, extend, or design plumbing.

Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor: a contractor whose services are limited to the construction, installation, and repair of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, continuation of utility lines from the main systems, sewer collection systems, and underground conduits. An Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor may not install piping that is an integral part of a fire protection system.

Solar Contractor: a contractor whose services include the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, relocation, or replacement of solar panels.

Pollutant Storage Systems Contractor: a contractor whose services are limited to the installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, extension, or design of pollutant storage tanks.

Specialty Contractor: a contractor whose scope of work and responsibility is limited to a particular phase of construction and whose scope is limited to a subset of the activities described in the categories established in s. 489.105, F.S.

At the conclusion of your free consultation, David Taber will provide you with the information you will need to make an informed decision regarding the relevant to the type of contracting work you intend to perform.

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How Does Contractor Licensing, Inc. Get My Florida Contractor License?2019-08-14T16:22:42-04:00

Contractor Licensing, Inc. has assisted hundreds of Florida Contractors to set up their respective business entity, to submit the contractors’ regulatory filings, and followed up by offering expert guidance as it relates to virtually every aspect of branding, promoting, and marketing Florida contractors’ business.

Contractor Licensing, Inc. does not offer exam prep or exam testing.  However, the guidance offered as to exam prep and exam testing comes as feedback by Florida contractors informing of their success and accolades for the guidance Contractor Licensing, Inc. has offered over the years.

The following regulatory requirements are the basic tasks to obtain a Florida contractor license:

1.  Successful completion of the Florida contractor license exam.
2.  Complete and submit the Contractors License application.

If an applicant retains Contractor Licensing, Inc., all required information and supporting documents will be reviewed and checked for complete accuracy before submission.

The importance of retaining an expert cannot be understated. Florida contractors become frustrated and annoyed when receiving a notice informing them that their application was rejected due to an error, or otherwise incomplete, inaccurate, or by failing to attach required regulatory information.  Contractor Licensing, Inc. truly understands the nature and scope of the entire licensing process and can eliminate weeks of frustration and annoyance by performing the license application review.

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