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Qualifying Agents to Operate a Construction Business in Florida

A qualifying agent is someone who takes responsibility for the management of construction operations for a construction company in Florida. It is the person who the State identifies as being in-charge of all construction-related operations. The State of Florida requires at least one qualifying agent per company in order for the company to legally operate.

Starting a Construction Company in Florida

There are 5 steps in the process of creating a construction business in Florida, from non-existance to being able to charge your customers for construction services legally.

  1. 1

    File your articles of incorporation (

  2. 2

    Get your contractor's license form the State (from the county in some cases)

  3. 3

    Get a tax receipt or occupational license from your county

  4. 4

    Obtain Liability Insurance and Worker's Compensation

  5. 5

    Register in your county's building department

Florida is one of the largest construction markets in the US and as such it is strictly regulated.

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.

General Contractor Experience

You must have at least one year of experience in the construction of structures at least four stories in height.

Applicants for the Certified General Contractor License must have experience in four or more of the experience areas listed below:

  • Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft.
  • Masonry walls
  • Steel erection
  • Precast concrete structures
  • Column erection
  • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
  • Elevated slabs