Local Contractor Licenses Affected by Florida House Bill 735

Local licenses are those issued by county governments. House Bill 735 prohibits Florida counties from issuing their own contractor licenses for trades which are not regulated at the state level. Local governments can continue to regulate and issue their current licenses until 2023.

The trades currently regulated by the state can still be regulated by local governments as well as journeyman and master categories for electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades. The trades currently regulated by the state are:

Examples of some of the trades that will not be regulated by some local governments after the 2023 deadline are the following:

  • Cabinetry
  • Canvas awning
  • Caulking
  • Decorative stone
  • Driveway installation
  • Flooring
  • Granite
  • Handyman services
  • Interior remodeling
  • Marble
  • Ornamental iron installation
  • Painting
  • Plastering
  • Stuccoing
  • Tennis court installation
  • Terrazzo
  • Tile

In the meantime, from now until July of 2023, different counties are responding to this law in different ways. Some counties have stopped requiring and issuing licenses while some are continuing to regulate their contractors as usual.

In the following pages you can see how your county is dealing with this new licensing law:

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# Dale murphy 2022-04-19 10:15
So for Putnam County do you need a license as of now or after 2023 for garage doors
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-19 13:22
Hello Dale,
We recommend that you obtain a state license before the bill passes.
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# Scott Mansferd 2022-04-28 17:51
Does HB735 mean that local municipalities can issue a license for any of the trades that require a state certification, such as swimming pools, hvac, etc? In other words, a municipality can or cannot issue me a license to build a house in their county for someone? If I'm correct, I still would have to have a state license, right? And if I did not have a state license to build the house, the county could then fine me for building a house without a state license? Please elaborate.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-29 13:05
Hello Scott,
House Bill 735 prohibits Florida counties from issuing their own contractor licenses for trades which are not regulated at the state level. Local governments can continue to regulate and issue their current licenses until 2023. However, most counties have responded to the house bill and require a state-level license. If you are unsure about your county's response, we recommend you contact your local licensing division or select one of the counties above to view their response
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# NickL 2022-04-29 18:19
How will Florida's HB735 effect garage door contractors?
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# Aengels G. 2022-05-02 10:45
Hello Nick, The House Bill prohibits Florida counties from issuing their own contractor licenses for trades that are not regulated at the state level. Local governments can continue to regulate and issue their current licenses until July 1st, 2023. However, most counties have responded to the house bill and require a state-level license. If you are unsure about your county's response, we recommend you contact your local licensing division or select one of the counties above to view their response.
If you are required to get a state license, it will be the Florida Residential Contractor License. For more information, I will attach the link for that license below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Rebecca harris 2022-05-26 22:02
Fencing should fall under specialty structures, so would the counties still be able issue license and compentecy cards ?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-05-27 09:09
Hi Rebecca, Every county has a different response to HB 735. We recommend that you contact your local licensing division or select one of the counties listed above to view their response and how it will affect you. Below a link where you can find their contact information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses/licensing-contact-information.html
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# david e farissier 2022-06-29 18:26
hi i am a specialty contractor in pinellas and pasco i see you are telling people to attain a state building license how do you do that without 4 years experience with a license building contractor for the experience they ask for ? thank you.
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# Aengels G. 2022-06-30 10:02
Hello David,
They are able to qualify under other qualifications if they don't have 4 years of experience. Below I will add the other qualifications for the Florida Building Contractor License, as well as the link for more information.


1. One year of experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

2. One year of experience as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

3. Two years’ experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.

4. Four years’ experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.

5.“Upgrade Method”: A certified residential contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 3 yrs does not need to meet any other experience requirements.


https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-building-contractor-license.html
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# Barry Mefford 2022-07-07 12:39
i Install Replacement doors which require a permit.The way I read the the law is the State is basically putting my company out of business Which I have done legally for over 20 years unless i upgrade my licence
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-07 13:27
Hi Barry, We are sorry to hear that and recommend that you contact your local licensing department to confirm and direct you to the correct license to upgrade.
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