How does House Bill 735 Affect me in Broward County?

Broward county contractors are wondering how they will be impacted by the passage of House Bill 735 in Florida. This article has been created to monitor and update Broward county’s response to this new law. If you have any questions or information to contribute, we encourage you to post a comment below. All questions will be promptly answered to the best of our ability.

Broward County will continue to regulate all licenses until June 30th, 2023. After that date, you will need to obtain a Florida Contractor license. For updated information, please get in touch with the Broward County Contractor Licensing Board at 954-765-4400.


# Marcelo Almeida 2022-03-24 11:30
How is this house bill is going to affect people that Have a paver license???how are we going to pull permits???
# Aengels G. 2022-03-24 14:52
Hello Marcelo,
For paving, you will not be required to have a license, but to do the work some businesses may require you to have a license, which in that case you will need a State license like the Florida Residential License.
# Mauricio Avila Escobar 2022-08-03 08:15
I'm wondering how this would affect my Garage door certificate of competency in Broward and Dade county?

Thank you
# Aengels G. 2022-08-03 11:56
Hello Mauricio,

After July 2023 you will need to obtain a Florida Residential or General Contractor license to be able to do Garage door work in those counties.
For more information please click the link below.
# Michael O 2022-08-24 20:38
Hello, Can you please advise how this wil affect my tree trimmer license in Broward County?
# Aengels G. 2022-08-25 15:05
Hello Michael,

We are currently gathering information for that specific license with Broward County. Once they give us the updated information we will let you know.
# Laura T 2022-11-07 05:39
Any updates to the BC tree trimmer license status?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-07 10:08
Hello Laura,
Broward County is still regulating and enforcing its county licenses. Once the HB735 goes into effect in July 2023, they will require a state-level License. For Tree Trimming at a state level, you can obtain a General Contractor License to clear land to build, but you will still have to pull a permit for tree Trimming. We recommend contacting the State for a more direct answer on how to proceed with the work you will be doing.
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-07 10:11
Hello Michael, Broward County is still regulating its county licenses. Once House Bill 735 goes into effect, a State license will be required. Please contact the State in regard to pulling permits for Tree Trimming.
# Joe M 2022-09-01 14:46
So we do commercial tile work and our contracts require us to be licensed. With Tile specialty licensing going away what license would be applicable for us moving forward?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-01 16:10
Hello Joe,
Moving forward, the Contractor license you need is the General Contractor License in the state of Florida. The link below will provide more information on it
# Alan R 2022-09-18 08:00
I have a Broward County Aluminum Specialty License. Will the state honor it by giving me the state equivalent license? Or will I have to go back to school and take exams all over again?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-19 12:21
Hello Alan, in order for you to obtain the State Specialty Structure Contractor License, you will need to pass the Trade and Business exam, as well as qualifying with he experience and education requirements. Below you can find a link with information on the Florida Specialty Structure Contractor License.
# Heather B 2022-10-11 17:41
How will this affect a Broward County Fence Erection license?
# Aengels G. 2022-10-12 13:15
Hello Heather,

Come July 2023 you will not be able to renew this license, and you will need to obtain a General Contractor license. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information on this license please click the link below.
# Yuneidys Paez 2022-10-12 17:23
How is this house bill is going to affect people that Have a garage door license to service residential and business doors ??
# Aengels G. 2022-10-13 13:31
Hello Yuneidys,

Come July 2023 you will not be able to renew this license, and you will need to obtain a General Contractor license. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information on this license please click the link below.
# JMB 2022-10-24 23:55
What license will I need to install cabinets and do interior remodeling?
# Aengels G. 2022-10-25 12:00
Hello JMB,

To install cabinets and do interior remodeling, you can obtain a Residential or General contractor license. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information please click the links below.
# Mufasa 2022-11-29 10:59
In Broward county, will I need a license for painting?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-29 16:21
As of right now, you will still be able to obtain a Painting contractor license in Broward County. Once HB 735 goes into effect, they will not regulate any county licenses, and you will need to obtain an equivalent State License. A General, Building or Residential state license will allow you to do painting work.
# John Barr 2022-12-05 10:41
I'm in Broward County and have a 3C Concrete Driveways, Sidewalk, Curb & Gutter License. Will I need the GC license if want to continue doing the same type of work? or will the state give me an equivalent?
# Aengels G. 2022-12-05 13:38
Hello John,
After June 30th, 2023, you will need to obtain a Florida state contractor license. For more information on those state license click in the link below.
# Christian d 2022-12-20 19:07
Hi Angela, maybe you can answer this questions as there seems to be some confusion depending on who you ask. Are permitting requirements going to change, are we going to be able to pull permits for a fence without a license? Also what is the difference between a florida residential and Florida contractor license? Thanks in advance
# Aengels G. 2022-12-21 09:43
Hello Christian,
The permitting requirements may change depending on the county, I recommend you to contact Broward for more detail information on the requirements at 954-765-4400.

A Florida Residential license lets you do Build and remodel houses only and the General contractor license lets you build, repair, and remodel any type of building, regardless of size or number of stories.
We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams.

Form more information click the links below.
# christian d 2022-12-20 12:06
We are a fence installation company, why on earth would I need to pass a GC exam? How plausible is it for a specialty contractor to pass such a broad ranging construction exam without any experience in those trades? Do you know who lobbied for this bill? It sounds like the only people benefiting are the GC, consumers and specialty trades are going to pay the price.
# Aengels G. 2022-12-20 16:30
Hello Christian,
The Florida House Bill 735 was approved by the Governor of Florida. Like state on the bill, this specifically prohibits local governments from requiring a license for a person whose job scope does not substantially correspond to that of a contractor or journeyman type licensed by the Construction Industry Licensing Board, within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Broward County has agreed to follow this bill, you can always email the DBPR at or contact them at 850-487-1395.

For more information you can click on the link below.
# Martha Smith 2023-01-30 13:07
How is non-electrical sign licenses affected by Florida HB 735
# Aengels G. 2023-01-30 16:27
Hello Martha,
After June 30th, 2023, Broward will no longer regulate county licenses. You will need to obtain either a General or Building contractor license. With both licenses, you will be able to do non-electrical sign work. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams required to obtain a contractor license. Below I have attached two links with more detailed information on those licenses. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 866-986-7978 or email us at
# Marlene V. 2023-03-03 11:06 for the latest updates on HB735 and licenses affected.
# Sharilyn Baez 2023-03-03 12:20
Hello Marlene,

Thank you for providing us with the update for Broward County, we are going to update our site soon.
# Laura T. 2023-03-04 09:14
Thank you for the update!
# Vanessa Bodden 2023-03-15 13:31
All we're being told is that we have to get a General Contractor licensing as if it is that simple. Why should a fence company or a paver company have to get an unobtainable license just to perform one trade?? Does the government not realize that a fence contractor that has worked for 20 years doing fencing does not qualify for a general contractor license simply because of the experience factor? Not to mention how long it takes to study for and pass the exams. This is like telling nurses that nursing degrees will no longer exist and you must go to med school to become a nurse.
# Sharilyn Baez 2023-03-15 15:00
Hello Vanessa,
The county may no longer require you to obtain a Contractor License, but you would still need a license to show your customers, insurance companies, and larger contractor that you are a legitimate contractor yourself. The experience requirement is the same but you can get a Residential, Building, or General contractor license in Florida.

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