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.


# RE: Can a general contractor do roofing in Florida?Mark Schneider 2019-05-21 13:54
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
# Contractor Licensing ExpertsContractor Campus 2019-05-21 15:25
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.
# RE: Contractor Licensing ExpertsArthurWeaver 2019-09-04 05:19
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!
# RE: Can a general contractor do roofing in Florida?Nick c 2020-02-20 16:09
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?
# # RE: Can a general contractor do roofing in Florida?Contractor Campus Experts 2020-02-20 17:28
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.
# ownerLouis Jones 2020-05-19 11:56
Can a licensed general contractor pull a permit for routine and then sub contract out to lyceans roofing company to install?
# RE: ownerContractor Licensing Experts 2020-05-19 17:58
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.
# Roofer license for new constructionLawrence 2020-08-06 02:52
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?
# RE: Roofer license for new constructionContractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-06 14:13
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.
# GCGaston 2020-08-09 17:45
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?
# RE: GCContractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-11 16:45
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.
# Building ContractorRoofing Contractor Brent 2020-10-12 22:14
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?
# RE: Building ContractorContractor Licensing Experts 2020-10-13 13:17
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.

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