Broward County Contractor Licenses
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Broward County Contractor Licenses
Construction Licenses in Broward County
Acoustic or fire-retardant acoustic material or plastic material on ceilings and supporting members. Includes the installation of metal channels, hangers, and suspended systems.
Air Conditioning Class A
Install, central air conditioning, refrigeration, heating and ventilating systems, including duct work in connection with a complete system only to the extent such duct work is performed by the contractor as is necessary to make complete an air-distribution system, boiler and unfired pressure vessel systems, and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith; and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system; but shall not include any work such as liquefied petroleum or natural gas fuel lines within buildings, sanitary sewer lines; swimming pool piping and filters; or electrical power wiring.
Air Conditioning Class B
Limited to twenty-five (25) tons of cooling and five hundred thousand (500,000) Btu of heating in any one (1) system in the execution of contracts, is necessary to make complete an air-distribution system being installed under this classification; and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system, piping and insulation of pipes, vessels and ducts and to install a condensate drain from an air conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system.
Alarm System I
Fabricates, installs, maintains, alters, repairs, monitors, inspects, replaces, or service any electrical device, signaling device, or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency operating at less than 98 volts. Can do all types of alarm systems for all purposes.
Alarm System II
This license includes all types of alarm systems, other than fire, for all purposes except as provided herein.
Aluminum Specialty Structure
Includes installing screened porches, screened enclosures, pool enclosures, preformed panel-post and beam roofs, mobile home panel roof-overs, residential aluminum metal/glass windows within enclosures, vinyl panel windows within enclosures, single-story self-contained aluminum utility storage structures (not to exceed five hundred (500) square feet), aluminum siding, soffit, fascia, gutters, and awnings.
May install such hardware as may be necessary and incidental to the extension and retraction of awnings and canopies. Which applies to awnings that are movable or retractable or the replacement of detachable cloth/synthetic cover material on existing frames.
Bridges, Overpasses, Underpasses
Construction, repair, and excavation for bridges, overpasses, and underpasses, not crossing water. Engineered structural builder may do such excavation, paving, concrete work.
Include and be limited to the construction of commercial buildings and single- and multiple-residential dwellings, and accessory use structures in connection therewith, all of which shall not exceed three (3) stories in height.
Limited to the fabrication and installation of wood cabinets, countertops, bookshelves, and shelving.
Includes the construction, installation, repair, alteration, extension, and excavation for public and private cable television and similar communications systems, being limited to the transmission and distribution lines, and components incidental thereto, in compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
This license include the scope of Finish and Rough Carpentry. (Everything from trusses to baseboard).
Clearing and Grading
Include and limited to the clearing of surface debris and vegetation, including the grubbing of roots, the removal thereof, and the general leveling and grading of surface lands incidental thereto, in compliance with all environmental laws and other applicable codes and regulations.
Commercial Pool & Spa
Includes the installation, repair, or replacement of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior finishes, installation of all perimeter and filter piping, construction of equipment rooms or housing for pool equipment, and installation of package pool heaters.
Concrete Driveways, Curbs, Gutters, and Sidewalks
Involves construction, repair, grading and excavation, for concrete driveways, curbs, gutters, driveway entrances, sidewalks, and other necessary, incidental, and related nonstructural concrete appurtenances, in compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
Concrete Placing and Finishing
Placing and finishing of concrete, mixing or batching of concrete, including flatwork (slabs on grade, sidewalks, etc.), cutting and coring of concrete, and concrete pumping.
Limited to the demolition, wrecking, and disassembling of buildings and other structures or parts thereof, and the removal of debris.
Dredging of canals, lakes, waterways, and other bodies of water and the removal of debris and vegetation, in compliance with all environmental laws and other applicable codes and regulations.
Drywall and Lathing
Installation of gypsum drywall products to existing studs, joists, or suspended ceiling channels; the fabrication and installation of all necessary and incidental metal accessories, including non-load bearing studs, runners, hangers, channels, drywall metal suspension accessories, and prefabricated ceiling materials, and the preparation and finish of the drywall surface.
A maintenance electrician shall include and be limited to maintenance repair of existing branch circuits, luminaries, apparatus, and equipment connected thereto, and shall include the switching or de-energizing of existing electrical systems for safety purposes. Shall not include the installation, alteration, or replacement of service equipment.
Elevator Installation and Maintenance
Includes and be limited to extension of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, or any vertical conveyance.
Installation of detachable cloth/synthetic cover awning material over an existing frame, including other materials incidental thereto, which become a permanent fixed part of buildings or other structures and which may be, in whole or in part, supported from a building wall erected and provided by others or may be self-supporting, including footings or slabs on grade in connection therewith.
Includes the installation of wire, wood, metal, PVC, or plastic components, or pre-cast or prefabricated fences, and railings.
Limited to cabinet installation, saunas, woodwork, wood floor surface materials, doors, non-structural framing, wood stairs, handrails, garage doors, and windows, and hardware incidental thereto, trim shelving, including soffits and fascias, siding, and related work.
Flatwork Concrete Specialty
Involves slabs, walks, driveways, pool decks, foundations associated with slabs, and incidental foundations.
Application of floor surface materials made of asphalt, vinyl, sheet vinyl, cork linoleum, parquet wood, wood strips, and similar pre-finished surface flooring materials which are prefabricated or cast-in-place and may also repair, paint, and relay resilient tile floor coverings.
Fuel Transmission and Distribution Lines
Limited to the transmission and distribution lines for liquid or gaseous fuels under pressure, including pumping and booster stations, valves, meters, and similar equipment.
Installation of all types of garage doors, including the related hardware and operating devices.
General Building (General)
Is unlimited as to the type of construction work and shall include the construction, repair, alteration, remodeling, addition to, subtraction from, improvement, and demolition of any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, and excluding electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and liquefied petroleum gas. Also, is unlimited as to the height, area, and complexity of a building, structure, or related real property improvements.
A general engineered construction builder shall be unlimited in the engineered construction field except that the general engineered construction builder's work in connection with utilities shall be considered to stop at a point five (5) feet from a building not specifically constructed for the purpose of pumping or processing pipeline products.
Glass & Glazing
Attachment of all types of windows, whether fixed or movable; the installation of swinging or sliding glass doors to existing building walls or columns; the installation of glass-holding or supporting mullions, or horizontal bars which are attached to existing building walls or columns; and the cutting and installation of glass and mirrors.
Application of concrete to existing surfaces by pneumatic or hydraulic methods, chipping loose concrete, the sandblasting and cleaning of reinforcements, the batching and proportioning of cement, sand, and water, erecting the forms and placement of cement and intergroup by pneumatic or hydraulic pumping methods by which, under an agreed specification, subsurface load-bearing capacities can be stabilized, or previously settled structures raised or restored to plumb, grade, or alignment.
Shall include the construction, alteration, and repair of bridges, tunnels, overpasses, harbor facilities, docks, shipyards, bulkheads, retaining walls, seawalls, dams, locks, and similar structures.
Applying of thermal or fire-retardant materials to and within existing walls, floors, and ceilings by mechanical or adhesive methods, and to install metal channels, hangers, and suspension systems. Shall not insulate any pipes, vessels, or ducts, built-up refrigeration boxes or rooms, nor insulate the top of a roof deck where such insulation is attached over the top by adhesive.
Can do Insulation work under a contractor.
Interlocking Brick Pavers
Limited to preparing the base, providing for proper drainage, and to selecting, cutting and laying interlocking brick. Shall not pour or finish concrete, except that which is required for the placing of the interlocking brick system.
Includes all piping, fittings, sprinklers, drip irrigation products, valves, irrigation controllers, control wiring, rain sensors, water pumps, water conservation devices, water harvesting systems, irrigation main lines downstream of a utility potable water meter or utility alternative water supply distribution line and dedicated backflow prevention device, and associated components installed for the delivery and application of water. Shall not drill wells or connect any irrigation system to potable water sources.
Jack and Bore Installer
Limited to the construction, installation, repair, and excavation for public and private underground crossings, being limited to the jacking and boring of casing sections, including the welding of sections, proper pit excavations, and dewatering.
The applicant shall demonstrate possession to install, repair, alter, or design, in compliance with law, electrical wiring, luminaries, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, fire alarm systems, or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy in any form, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and sub-stations, shall work as an employee of and under the supervision and direction of a master electrician and/or electrical contractor.
Journeyman Fire Alarm System
Fire alarm system journeyman shall work under the supervision and direction of a master electrician or specialty alarm system contractor I and shall not be eligible to act as a qualifying agent for business organizations and shall not include lightning or solar systems.
Must have the knowledge to perform mechanical work in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor and in compliance with the building code and other applicable codes and regulations.
Journeyman Plumber shall have no less than four (4) years of practical plumbing experience. The board may, in its sole discretion, consider a person's formal or vocational education as experience in the trade.
Journeyman Sheet Metal
Shall have no less than three (3) years of practical sheet metal experience, or no less than one-half of the practical experience required for certification in the specialty sheet metal category or class for which the applicant is seeking certification as a journeyman.
Journeyman Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Installation of new, or replacement of, existing power and control wiring in photovoltaic (PV) source circuits, PV output circuits, battery storage systems circuits, and power conditioning units, excluding any other type of solar system. Is limited to PV supply side of power conditioning and shall not include wiring integral to the building premises. Will work under the supervision and direction of a master electrician or electrical contractor and shall not be eligible to act as a qualifying agent for business organizations.
Lawn Sprinkler Plumber
The installation, repair, alteration, and extension of lawn sprinkling systems and the equipment, appliances, and apparatus used in connection therewith. A lawn sprinkler plumber shall not drill wells or connect any sprinkler systems to potable water sources. Sprinkler and irrigation systems used for or in connection with agriculture are not included within the scope of work of a lawn sprinkler plumber.
Be limited to seawalls, retaining walls, davits, boat lifts, and small docks serving less than six (6) recreational vessels and less than fifty feet (50’) in length. May do such concrete work as may be necessary and incidental to the work.
Limited Energy (Low Voltage)
Limited to those items of transmitting data, proprietary video (satellite systems which are not part of a community antenna television, cable television, or radio distribution system), radio frequency, central vacuum, electric locks, data distribution networks, home theater systems, surround sound systems, public address systems, or telephone systems.
Limited to interstate, primary, secondary, and arterial roadways; repair, extension, surfacing, striping, pavement markings, and signage of roads, bridges, airport runways and aprons, parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters; and storm drainage facilities and any excavating, clearing, grading, milling, and concrete work if necessary.
Includes selection, cutting, and laying of bricks, concrete block, and any other unit masonry or clay products, rough-cut and dress stone, artificial stone, pre-cast blocks, structural glass brick or block, decor block, and veneer, all of which may be laid at random or in course and with or without mortar; and applying tile to floors or exterior wall surfaces, masonry, or pre-cast concrete fences. Shall not pour, place, or finish cast-in-place concrete or epoxy products.
The applicant shall demonstrate possession of the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, repair, alter, add to, or design electrical wiring, luminaries, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, fire alarm systems, or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy in any form, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and sub-stations, all in compliance with applicable plans, specifications, codes, laws, and regulations.
May install airpiping, vacuum line piping, oxygen line piping, nitrous oxide piping, and all related medical gas systems; fireline standpipes and fire sprinklers, to the extent authorized by law; ink and chemical lines; fuel oil and gasoline piping and tank and pump installation, except bulk storage plants; gaseous and liquefied hydrogen systems; and pneumatic control piping systems.
Install piping, insulation of pipes, vessels and ducts, pressure and process piping, pneumatic control piping, gasoline tanks and pump installations and piping for same, standpipes, air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen lines, nitrous oxide piping, ink and chemical lines, fuel transmission lines, gaseous and liquefied hydrogen systems, liquefied petroleum gas lines within buildings, and natural gas fuel lines within buildings; to disconnect or reconnect power wiring on the load side of the disconnect switch and low-voltage heating, ventilating, and air conditioning control wiring; and to install a condensate drain from an air conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system. Shall not include any work such as potable water lines or connections thereto, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping and filters, or electrical power wiring.
The execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter and extend any insulation primarily installed to prevent loss or gain of heat from internal sources in pipes, vessels, ducts or in built-up refrigerated boxes or rooms, including the application of protective coating necessary and incidental thereto.
Limited to the construction of privately owned or, if incidental and within publicly owned roads, bike paths, parking lots, and driveways, including the repair, extension, surfacing, striping, pavement markings, and signage of roads, parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters; and any excavating, clearing, grading, and concrete work necessary.
Miscellaneous Metals Erection
Installation of metal cabinets, store fixtures, and metal partitions which are nonbearing interior or exterior partitions made or composed of metal or other materials all of which are attached or affixed to existing openings and buildings components. May also install ornamental metal fixtures, metal nonstructural members and assemblies, including railings, panels, and metal flagpoles which may be self-supporting or attached to existing buildings or other structures, and the application of all hardware if necessary.
Painting Interior & Exterior
Limited to the application of paint and related liquid or viscous products, by brush, roller, or spray methods to interior and exterior surfaces, including roofs, painting can be accomplished either on inside or outside surfaces; and cleaning, caulking, priming, and sizing of surfaces in preparation for such work.
Qualified to clean surfaces in preparation of waterproofing (inside or outside) (vertical surfaces only) or painting (engraving, cutting, or cleaning glass or stone or removing scale for metals) and pressure spraying to clean exterior surfaces of homes or buildings.
Limited to preparing the base, providing for proper drainage, and to selecting, cutting, and laying pavers and shall not pour or finish concrete, except for footings required for the placing of the paver system.
Qualified to the construction of piling systems, including sheet piling and the construction, formation, and excavation for foundations, the placing of reinforcing steel therein, and all concrete work necessary.
Limited to the cleaning and video inspection of potable water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer pipelines and components incidental thereto; chemical grouting of pipelines and associated structures; manhole-to-manhole lining of potable water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer pipelines: in situ point repairs of pipelines; sanitary sewer and storm sewer structural rehabilitation; and other rehabilitation and repair methods and technologies requiring minor or no excavation to complete, in compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
Plans Examiners, Field Inspectors
Can perform field inspections and/or plans reviews on structures to be built inside Broward County as they relate to the HVHZ sections of the Florida Building Code and its related sections.
Limited to the construction of facilities, buildings, and structures which are designed or intended to be used as water and waste water treatment plants, pumping and lift stations, or industrial complexes; and the installation of all piping, equipment, appurtenances, and apparatus used in connection. Shall stop at a point five (5) feet outside a structure and shall not perform any electrical work.
Plastering and Stucco
Application of mixtures of sand or other aggregate, gypsum, plaster, portland cement, quick lime, and water, or any combination of such materials, so as to create a permanent surface coating which is usually applied with a plasterer's trowel or by pneumatic pressure to any surface, and to provide key or suction basis necessary and incidental to the support of such coatings. May apply and affix gypsum lath, metal lath, or any other product prepared or manufactured.
Limited to the installation, maintenance, repair, alteration and extension of any system used for the purpose of controlling instruments, valves, damper motors, controllers and similar equipment through the use of pneumatic lines of sufficient size and strength to meet the requirements of the system.
Limited to the construction, remodeling, repair, alteration, and improvement of one (1), two (2), and three (3) residential dwelling units, and accessory use structures in connection therewith, all of which shall not exceed two (2) stories in height.
Residential Interior Remodeling
Limited to interior remodeling only of one-family, two-family, or three-family residential dwelling units, and accessory use structure in connection, all of which shall not exceed two (2) stories in height. Can perform the work of all specialty building contractor categories and classes which directly relate to interior remodeling.
Residential Pool & Spa
Installation/repair, or replacement of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior finishes, installation of all perimeter and filter piping, installation of housing for pool equipment, and installation of package pool heaters. Does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines.
Installation of roof decks, which include and are limited to gypsum concrete decks, insulating concrete decks and fills, and structural cement-fiber roof decks.
Roof Painting and Cleaning
Limited to applying paint or other decorative coatings to roof surfaces by brush, roller, or spray method, including the pressure cleaning of roofs to remove fungus, dirt, and paint, by steam or chemicals, in preparation for the application of coatings. Shall not replace any cracked or broken roof tiles nor perform any roof repairs.
Installation, repair, and replacement of roof coverings to stop water from passing by such applied protective material, including the use of sheet metal and other sheet metal products necessary to roofing work; including the installation, repair, waterproofing, leak stoppage, extension of the life of the roof, and replacement of downspouts, shingles, roofing tiles, and other materials used in connection and including the installation of nonstructural elements.
Limited to rough carpentry and formwork for wooden patio decks, roofs, trusses, sheathing, fascia boards (furring and blocking), placing and finishing concrete, and prefabricated sheds limited to two hundred (200) square feet. Does not include trim carpentry or finish carpentry and may not pull permits for more than two (2) floors.
Includes the cleaning of surfaces by pneumatic sandblasting in preparation for waterproofing or paint, engraving, cutting, or cleaning glass or stone, and removing scale from metals.
Installation of an enclosure, or any part thereof, which in whole or in part is self-supporting and which has walls of insect screening and a roof of insect screening, plastic, aluminum, or similar lightweight material. Does not construct cabana rooms or carports nor pour concrete slabs.
Limited to the application of prepared sealants to asphalt, roadways, driveways, sidewalks, and other similar surfaces, including incidental striping, pavement markings, and signage.
Shall include all types of shutters and panels, including hardware, structural supports, and operating devices, that are designed to protect openings from hurricane and storm force winds and windborne debris and for security purposes.
Secondary Utility and Excavation
Limited to the construction, maintenance, extension, and excavation for water and waste water piping systems, storm and drainage systems, soakage pits and drywells and appurtenances incidental (manholes, conflict structures, catch basins, etc.), but shall stop at a point five (5) feet from a building or other structure.
Unlimited in Sheet Metal trade, when not prohibited by law, of ferrous or nonferrous metal work of U.S. No. 10 gauge, or lighter gauge, but not limited to fiberglass, used in lieu thereof and of air-handling systems, including the setting of air-handling equipment and reinforcement of same and including the balancing of air-handling systems and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system.
Sign Erection (Non-electric)
Installation of any outside display of characters, letters, illustrations, or ornamentations which do not include the incorporation of any electrical work in their manufacture, fabrication, or erection. May also install panels, facing, and frame structures which are movable or fixed, free standing, or attached to an existing building or structure.
Steel Reinforcing and Iron
Qualified to the fabrication, placing, and tying of steel reinforcing bars (rods) of any profile, perimeter, or crosssection which are used or intended or designed to be used to reinforce concrete buildings or structures, in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor.
Limited to the erection of structural steel shapes and plates, including such minor field fabrication as may be necessary, of any profile, perimeter, or cross-section used, or which may be used, as structural members for buildings and structures, including steel joists; steel decking in conjunction with lightweight decks; siding; communication towers; and all riveting, welding, and rigging necessary.
Shall include the construction, repair, extension, surfacing, striping, pavement markings, and signage of tennis courts, bike paths, driveways, and parking lots with drainage incident thereto, being limited to soakage pits and drywells, and any excavating, clearing, and grading work necessary.
Swimming Pool & Spa Servicing
Replacement or repair of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior refinishing, the reinstallation or addition of pool heaters, the repair or replacement of all perimeter piping and filter piping, the repair of equipment rooms or housing for pool/spa equipment, and the substantial or complete draining of a swimming pool, hot tub, or spa, for the purpose of any repair or renovation. Does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or potable water lines.
Will be limited to the mixing, pouring, preparation, and finishing of terrazzo, including the application of Chattahoochee stone or any stone aggregates applied or affixed through the use of adhesives.
Tile, Marble, and Granite
Shall include erecting, attaching, applying, and embedding tile, marble, and granite on concrete, clay or other materials, applied to floors or walls, and shall include the application of setting materials. Includes tile, brick, marble, granite, or similar materials and is to include non-load-bearing structural elements.
Services are limited to the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge and skill to install any system of horizontal conveyor assembly, including any vertical conveyors attached to horizontal conveyor assemblies, and all appurtenances and equipment necessary and incidental thereto. Contractor shall not include any external plumbing or electrical systems.
Shall include and be limited to the construction, repair, and excavation for tunnels and all paving and concrete work incidental.
Underground, Aerial Utility Transmission and Distribution Lines
Limited to the construction, installation, and excavation for underground and aerial electrical and communication transmission lines, manholes, splice pits, and laying of rigid conduit incidental.
Underground Utility and Excavation
Construction, installation, repair, maintenance, alteration, extension, and excavation for water and waste water piping systems, storm and drainage systems, and the installation of force mains, pumping stations, and pipeline appurtenances, including catch basins, manholes, valves, and similar equipment incidental.
Application of waterproofing products by brush, roller, or spray methods to existing interior and exterior surfaces, except roofs, in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor, including the cleaning, sandblasting, caulking, and priming of surfaces in preparation for the application of waterproofing products.
Window and Door
To install, replace, repair, and servicing work, when not prohibited by law, in accordance with accepted engineering data and/or according to manufacturers' specifications of exterior windows and doors, hurricane protection devices, shutters, and hardware in connection therewith which do not effect structural changes.
- Written by: Gil M.