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Many citizens in Florida have fallen victim to dishonest, unlicensed, or improperly licensed contractors. Florida Statute 489 requires all construction contractors to hold a valid contractor’s license prior to engaging in contracting. Always require that a contractor show you a valid contracting license before you sign a contract.
Some indications that a contractor may be unlicensed are:
To verify license of contractor, you may call the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation at (850) 487-1395. The City requires proof of license from contractors who pull permits for properties located in the City, so be sure to require that the contractor pull the permit in his name, not your name.
Permits are required for any structural, window, and door replacement, electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical work. If you have any questions on what requires a permit, please contact the Building Department at 386-410-2800.