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 is no longer regulating local licenses. Applicants with a Contractor license will expire on June 30th, 2023. Applicants wanting to obtain a license must contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395. Pool enclosures, Electrical, Plumbing, Windows & Doors, Fences, Structural, etc., will require a state license.
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
County that specialty structure wont be renewed and have been state registered For 30 yrs and wont grandfather ?
In order to continue working, you will need to obtain the Florida State Specialty Structure Contractor License. You can use your work experience to satisfy the requirements that are needed in order to be licensed. On the following link, you will be able to find more information on how to obtain the FL Specialty Structure Licence.
If you are interested in obtaining a State license, you may visit the link below.
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved a plan to phase out local licensing, consistent
with House Bill 735. All local licenses will expire June 30th, 2023 and will not be renewed. As such,
please find your final Lee County Certificate of Competency below. Please keep this document/file in a
Effective July 1st, 2023, to perform work in unincorporated Lee County, contractors must have a
Thank you, Lee County Contractor Licensing, 239-533-8895
However to my understanding there is no state license required for painting. Is this correct?
You will be able to go for the state equivalent of your trade. For painting in the state of Florida, you can obtain a Residential or General Contractor license, we have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exam. For more information click the links below.
I would like an explanation of how a residential or general contractor is the equivalent to painting?
For this state issue licenses you must have experience :
Structural Wood Framing
Excluding Platform Framing
Most if not all have have absolutely nothing to do with painting.
The county has more trade-specific licenses but the state does not, so although the painting scope is not listed in the Residential and General contractor license, those licenses cover a wide variety of scopes.
Yes, after July of 2023 you will need to get a State equivalent license. For more information on Florida contractor licenses click the link below.
After July 2023, the county will want you to get a state reciprocal license. So to do cabinetry in a home you will need to obtain either a Residential license or a General License, which do require experience. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information on those license please click the link below.
Lee County is no longer accepting Certificate of Competency for any licenses. If you want to legally work you will need to do the State Exam for a Contractor License. A State Equivalent would be an Unlimited Electrical or Limited Energy (Low Voltage) Contractor License. Below is a link for each where you can find information regarding how to obtain it.
The Florida House Bill 735 goes into effect on July 2023 and no longer regulation county licenses. To continue working for Lee county, you would need to obtain a state equivalent Marine Contractor License. We are the construction school and bookstore that offers books and classes for your contractor's license.
To obtain the Marine Contractor License, you must pass the Trade and Business exams. We have classes and books to prepare you to pass both of these exams.
With our courses, you can start studying online the same day you register. You can study at your own pace and have unlimited access to your study material. I have attached a link with more information for the Florida Marine Contractor License. You can also give us a call at 866-986-7978 and we will be able to assist you in your process of obtaining a State Contractor License.
I am currently preparing myself to take the county (Lee) construction license specifically Aluminum Without Concrete, which is the installation of screened enclosures, performed panel-post, beam roofs, siding, soffit, fascia, gutters, woodwork incidental to the aluminum construction work. How this Bill will affect me?
Due to the House bill, Lee County is no longer regulating local licenses. We recommend you obtain a Specialty Structure license, to be able to legally engage in contracts involving the following type of work you stated above.
We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams for that license.
For more information please click on the link below for the Florida Specialty Structure Contractor License.
As of July 1st, 2023, Lee county is no longer regulating contractor licenses. Although it is not required to have a Painting license, we recommend you to obtain a State contractor license to be legally able to work, because a client or company may required a person to have a contractor license to completed the work. The state reciprocal would be a Residential, General or Building.
We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information please click the links below.
Checking in to see if Site Grading for residential new home construction will require a license moving ahead.
Site Grading includes supply fill dirt to vacant lots and grading fill dirt in preparation for the house slab and foundation to be poured by another concrete contractor.
Our team is only looking to do site grading.
Thank you for the response.
The GC license I am told requires 4 + years of experience in building commercial buildings 4 + stories in height. I do not have 4+ years experience building projects that are 4+ stories in height.
My experience does qualify me for the residential general license.
Would the residential general contractor license allow for site grading on residential homes?
Thank you again. Really appreciate the help.
Checking in if pool rescreening and screen repairs require a license to operate.
Not erecting the structure - just rescreening and repairing damaged pool screens.