How does House Bill 735 Affect me in Lee County?

Lee county contractors are wondering how they will be impacted by the passage of House Bill 735 in Florida. This article has been created to monitor and update Lee county’s response to this new law. If you have any questions or information to contribute, we encourage you to post a comment below. All questions will be promptly answered to the best of our ability.

Lee County will continue to operate as usual and enforce all of its licensing requirements until the law takes full effect on July of 2023.


# Patrick Deleacaes 2021-12-12 20:19
In an email I received from Lee County, it says that my license will be intact until September of 2022 NOT 2023. When I asked them what I will do moving forward, I got no answer. When I emailed my State reps, I got no answer. Everyone in my field is trying to find out if the State will require us to take another test? or will the test we previously had taken, remain intact?
# Stephanie M. 2021-12-13 09:11
Hello Patrick Deleacaes,
Unfortunately, your license will expire after September; however, you will be able to go for the state equivalent of your trade. For example, suppose you had a roofing contractor's license for collier county. In that case, you will now need to have a roofing contractor license for the state of Florida or a residential contractor license hope this answered your question. If you need more help, feel free to contact us at 1-866-986-7978
# jeff bender 2021-12-13 17:09
Please advise, are you now saying that irrigation contractors MUST go take a new state exam after all these years we been licensed to test again at the cost of what looks like $2000 or more ???
# Idalia S. 2021-12-14 13:45
Hi Jeff Bender! To get more information on how this bill will impact your irrigation contractors' license in Lee County, you should reach out to the county directly; their contact information is on the link below.

If you are interested in obtaining a State license, you may visit the link below.
# Ken green 2022-01-18 23:37
I have had my irrigation license since 2003! I was told by the state of Florida there is on state irrigation license! 10 years my local license will be gone! For the guys who had no choice back then we need to be grandfathered in…we should not have to pay again.
# Idalia S. 2022-01-19 09:32
Hi Ken! For the entire state of Florida, you must have a Florida Irrigation Contractor license if your business consists of the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to work on or, if not prohibited by law, design irrigation systems. You will need to pass the Irrigation and Business exam. We offer online courses and books to help prepare you for these exams. I will attach a link below with more information on the scope of work allowed and requirements to qualify you for this license.
# Patrick Deleacaes 2022-01-19 11:18
I now have in my possession email correspondence from the DBPR Florida stating, unless you are working tbroughout the State OR working before the backflow device, you do NOT need a contractors license any longer to do irrigation. That is why irrigation was put in a folder called "specialty" contractor.
# Idalia S. 2022-01-19 15:49
Hi Patrick! If you need any type of study material for the Irrigation License, we are more than happy to assist you. Regarding what you may or may not need, please contact the DBPR for more information.

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