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How much roofing work can you do with a GC license in FL?

In Florida General contractors can only do roofing work in-house (with their own employees) when installing shingles on structures for which they pulled the building permit.

General Contractors are also allowed to do warranty work on the roofing system of the properties they have built.

Florida Statute 489 Section 113, Qualifications for practices; restrictions - (b)(3) says: "A general, building, or residential contractor shall not be required to subcontract the installation, or repair made under warranty, of wood shingles, wood shakes, or asphalt or fiberglass shingle roofing materials on a new building of his or her own construction."

What license do I need to do roofing work in Florida?

You guessed it; you need a Roofing Contractor’s License. This license allows to work on any roof regardless of whether it is new construction, repair, commercial, residential, tile, shingle, built-up or any type other type of roof.



# Mark Schneider 2019-05-21 09:54
I am a General contractor in Florida. I want to be able to do roofing as well (unlimited), that's why I have decided to just go for my roofing license. Do I need to retake the Business exam, it has been 10 years since I took it (back when I got my GC). Thanks
# Zuryn D. 2019-05-21 11:25
A General contractor cannot do roofing, they can only sub-out the work. If your going to get your Roofing License and your General License is currently active then you would only need to take the Trade exam.
# ArthurWeaver 2019-09-04 01:19
Wow! thanks for clearing this part. I was so confused about what will happen to your active GC license, so what you need is Trade exam. Thanks buddy!
# Shawn Cole 2021-04-23 19:20
Yes a general contractor can do his own roofing in Florida.
As long as we are building the building or we use our own in house people to do it. Its cheaper to sub it out. workers comp will kill a general if he did roofing.
# april 2019-08-19 15:20

The GC can't do the roofing - he has to get the permit and add the licenses roofing contractor to the permit.
# AAA Construction School, Inc 2019-11-02 04:13
Once the appropriate Board Office (DBPR) has approved a candidate's eligibility to take an examination, the candidate's file is sent electronically to Pearson VUE.
# Rob Irion 2019-11-22 15:03
Once the appropriate Board Office (DBPR) has approved a candidate's eligibility to take an examination, the candidate's file is sent electronically to Pearson VUE.
# Nick c 2020-02-20 11:09
If I have a roofing license in NY that's active and I want to install roofs in Florida are you saying that all I have to do is take the trade exam?
# Contractor Campus Experts 2020-02-20 12:28
No, if the license you hold is in the state of NY, you would be required to take both trade and business exams in Florida. Florida does not reciprocate licenses from any state, nor do they accept testing.
# Louis Jones 2020-05-19 07:56
Can a licensed general contractor pull a permit for routine and then sub contract out to lyceans roofing company to install?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-05-19 13:58
A General Contractor will not be able to pull any permits for Roofing since he does not hold the license except for shingles on your own building. The Roofing Company in which you subbed the work to will be the one to pull the permits.
# Lewis 2022-04-22 01:15
Can a licensed Florida cgc pull a master permit then have a ccc pull roof permit? We do insurance restoration as a cgc and do the roofs on every job. What’s our solution
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-22 10:44
Hi Lewis! To perform work on a roof solely, you must obtain a Roofing License. As a CGC, you may sub-out a CCC to complete the roofing job. Only when it is part of a larger scope of work.
# Marcial Brooks 2022-10-12 14:34
What do you mean by “your own building”?
# Aengels G. 2022-10-13 13:20
Hello Marcial,

This means the building that the Contractor is building. For more information on the General contractor license please click the link below.
# Marcial Brooks 2022-10-13 16:51
What if the contractor is remodeling the building, dose this qualify as “your own building”?

Is there a percentage of total building space that has to be “under construction” in order to qualify as the contractor “owning the building”?

Thank you for taking the time to respond! I honestly appreciate it.
# Aengels G. 2022-10-14 12:55
Hello Marcial,

Regarding your question, the exception of general contractors applying shingles to their own buildings without needing a roofing contractor license is limited to residential properties. Please click the link below for information on both the Florida Roofing and GC license.
# Lawrence 2020-08-05 22:52
I’m putting an addition on my house in Florida. I have got a licensed contractor to take care of the job. Can he or one of his employees put on the shingles for new construction or does he need to have some that is a licensed roofer to put them on?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-06 10:13
If the licensed contractor you have performing work on your home holds a Roofing Contractor License, then yes, they will be able to put shingles on the new addition on the house. If not, they will have to sub out the work to a Roofing Contractor.
# Gaston 2020-08-09 13:45
I am a GC and think it would be good to have a roofing license in Florida for rehab projects. Will my company be able to pull the building permit and roof permit on the same property?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-11 12:45
If you hold a General & a Roofing Contractor License, then yes, you would be able to obtain a Building and a Roofing Permit. Also, to mention when holding a General Contractor License, you can install and perform warranty repairs of wood shingles, wood shakes, or shingle roofing on new buildings of your own construction.
# Roofing Contractor Brent 2020-10-12 18:14
I have held a State Certified Roofing License in Florida for 24 years. I want to get my Building Contractors License. Do I only need the trade exam for that process?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-10-13 09:17
If the State Roofing License you hold is still active, you may not have to retake the Business and Finance exam. I would recommend you speak to the DBPR to confirm.
# gg 2021-02-07 11:48
Good morning all .if I have a CGC in Florida and A roofing license ,does that help me in anyway to win roofing jobs ?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-02-09 09:57

If you hold the State of Florida Roofing Contractor License and it is still active, then yes, you would be able to perform Roofing work.
# Todd Givans 2021-02-07 11:49
If i want to qualify a roofing company that has a roofing license with MY CGC does that help ?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-02-09 11:11

You would not need to add the General Contractor License to the Roofing Company since General could only do shingles. On their own building--ones they have pulled permits for.
# Amaro 2021-02-19 01:04
I'm a State Certified Building Contractor. What do I have to do to get my Roofing Contractor License?
Thank you
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 08:17
To become a Roofing contractor while already having a Building Contractor's License all you need to do is take the Trade Exam. We offer the books and courses to better prep you for this exam. Once you study for the exam and feel prepared, then you will submit an application to the DBPR.

For more information on the Roofing Contractors License, please visit
# keith harmon 2022-01-11 16:01
im a state certified specialty structure contractor.18 years. im wanting add roofing i have to show experience as roofer for another company or just take trade test and get proper insurance
# Aengels G. 2022-01-11 16:20
Hello Keith,
You must have experience in
-Built-Up Roofing Systems (Built-up Roofing, Roll Roofing, Modified Bitume, and Cold Process)
-Single-Ply Systems (Single-Ply, Foam)
Architectural Metal Roofing
-Concrete and Tile Roofing
-Shingles & Shakes
-Gutters and Downspouts
Here is the link with the information provided.
# JackAlpa 2021-04-19 14:48
Hello, I am a home owner. I hired a general contractor to do a 1000 square foot addition on my home. Originally on the permit it had listed a reputable roofing company 20 years experience 5 star rating.
Apparently he fell out of favor with this company also known as owes them money. He then did a change order with the city forging my name and notarizing it and putting his company name down as the roofer. He does not hold a roofing license.
He then hired undocumented people to install concrete roofing tile. All done behind my back. He says he will warranty the roof. Which to me would not be worth the paper it was written on. Is this a legal roof?
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 08:31

To report any unlicensed activity, please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In the following link, there is a form you can fill out in regards to this matter.
# Jackalpa 2021-04-20 12:48
Does my general contractor have to provide me the homeowner with all sub contractor’s license numbers and proof of insurance working on my property if I ask?
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 08:38
Yes, a General Contractor working on the project will need to provide license numbers and proof of insurance upon request of the homeowner.
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-04-21 14:07
Good afternoon, 
This is a more legal question, and I would recommend speaking with the State Licensing Board. Below I have provided you the contact information to the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

Customer Contact Center: 850.487.1395
# Shawn Cole 2021-04-23 19:21
I do roofing work all the time with my license also sub it but you can roof as a general contractor.
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 08:43
A general contractor cannot do any roofing except for shingles on your own buildings--ones you have pulled permits for. Any other type of work will require a Roofing Contractor's License.

For more information on obtaining a Roofing Contractor License, please visit
# Roofing Services 2021-06-10 20:39
Thank you for taking the time to educate people by writing this article. The average person does not know much about roofing, so it is good that someone is taking the time to put high quality material out there to inform and educate. It helps the small business owner like me. We recently opened a roofing operation here in Richmond Virginia, and we like to come across content like this. You did a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!
# Matt Fullerton 2021-06-15 17:44
As a roofing consulting company, can I collect funds from a homeowner and then pay a license roofing contractor to replace their roof? I do not have a GC license, just a business license.
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 08:56
No, you cannot collect funds from a homeowner and then pay a licensed roofer to replace a roof; This is considered contracting, and a Roofing License will be needed.

A general contractor is also able to contract a roofing company to complete the work.

For more information on a General Contractor and Roofing Contractor, please visit:
# Angel Mosqueda 2022-07-10 11:13
I'm a Certified Building Contractor in Florida, since this license is basically the same as a CGC except for the number of stories of the building under construction, Can i also do roofing on a single family home for which i pulled the master permit?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-11 10:30
Hello Angel,
With your Building License, you will not be able to do roofing on a single home. You will need to obtain a Roofing Contractor License. Below is a link with all the information.
# Beverly Hughes 2022-08-31 10:27
Can a roofing contractor hire roofing subcontractors for the labor to install the roofs? Is it legal in the state of Florida to be a roofing subcontractor?
# Aengels G. 2022-08-31 11:03
Hello Beverly,
Yes, A roofing contractor can hire another licensed roofer for the labor to install roofs. In Florida, it is legal for someone to be a Roofing subcontractor. A subcontractor is someone who is licensed and has work sub out to them. Employees under the payroll of a licensed contractor can perform the work as well.
# Beverly Hughes 2022-08-31 11:19
It's Illegal to Hire an Unlicensed Subcontractor in the State of Florida. In Florida, if it's discovered that a contractor knowingly hired an unlicensed subcontractor to do work for them, they can be subject to fines and, potentially, have their license revoked.
# TomJ 2022-11-17 09:58
Can a licensed roofer in FL repair/ replace soffit and fascia?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-17 10:40
Hello Tom,
A Roofer Contractor in Florida will only be able to do the reparation and restoration of Fascias. Soffits repair/restoration can only be done when you encounter incidental work. A Specialty Structure license will allow you to repair/restore Fascias and Soffits. I have attached a link with information for the Specialty Structure license.
# Nan 2022-12-05 17:54
Can my brother who owns his house in Florida put on a roof with just a building permit
# Aengels G. 2022-12-06 09:35
Hello Nan,

Homeowners can pull their own permits and act as their own contractor under Florida Statute 489.103(7). The property must be in the homeowner's name and the homeowner's primary residence. If it's a roof, it needs to be a roofing permit.

For more information you can click on the link below.
# Pedro R 2022-12-28 21:14
I am a Certified Electrical Contractor that installs Solar Panels. I often come across homes that need a re-roof before I can install my panels. Can I write a HIC that includes the re-roof and subcontract the roofing work to a licensed Roofer? I guess what I'm asking is can I subcontract work to another discipline, or is that a privilege only GCs have? If so, can you provide the statute that defines that?
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-12-29 09:39
Hello Pedro, as a Solar Contractor, you will be able to do the following Roofing incidental work:

-Roofing work directly related to the installation of a domestic solar water heating system
-Solar pool heating system, or photovoltaic system
-Cut roof openings and penetrations
-Install flashings
-Attach equipment mounting brackets and solar panels
-Roofing work by solar contractors shall be limited to an area within 18 inches of each roof penetration or attachment and shall be performed in accordance with NRCA roofing practices

If the work you want to do does not fall within the scope of a Solar Contractor, you will be required to subcontract the work to a Registered Roofing Contractor. Below you can find more information related to the subcontractor work.
# Monika baer 2023-03-24 13:59
Can a roofing contractor obtain a license via the internet,
# Claudia Soto 2023-03-27 11:56
Hello Monika,
The application for both the exam and license can be done online. For the exam you will have to take it in-person. Below I will provide you with two links for more information on the licenses.
# Zaid Hasan 2023-04-26 21:15
i'm a certified residential contractor in florida, i want to get a roofing license, what exams do i need to take? also i can upgrade my license to cgc without the experience part, does this apply to the roofing license also ?
# Claudia Soto 2023-04-27 10:21
Hello Zaid,
If you are looking to become a Florida Roofing Contractor, you will be required to take the Trade exam only since you have passed the business exam. You can upgrade to the Florida General Contractor License, but you will need to prove that you have Experience in: Construction of structures at least four stories in height (1 year of Experience), as well as passing the Trade exam for the General Contractor License.

For the Roofing experience, it would not apply since you will have to prove the Experience in 3 or more elements below:
Solar Tile
Experience in ALL of the elements below:
Single-ply Systems
Parapet Walls
Sheathing & Framing Repairs
Roof Penetrations

Below, I will provide you with two links with more information on the books & classes that will prepare you for the Trade exams and more detailed information on the Licenses.
# Tyler M 2023-06-04 08:40
Can a company with a CBC or CGC sell roofs to customers and sub out the labor to a CCC ?
# Claudia Soto 2023-06-05 10:26
Hello Tyler,
Yes, a General Contractor, as well as Building Contractor, will be able to sell roofs and sub out labor to a Florida Roofing Contractor.
I will provide you with three links down below for more information on each license.
# Chrissy 2023-08-21 11:52
Can a Florida licensed GC sign for my experience to get a roofing license or can it only be a roofing contractor?
# Claudia Soto 2023-10-13 13:07
Hello Chrissy,
If the General Contractor holds a Roofing Contractor License as well he can sign off for the experience. Otherwise the General Contractor would not be able to sign off. If the company is qualified under a Roofing Contractor License then they will be able to sign off for the experience. Down below I will provide a link to more information on the Roofing Contractor License.

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