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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