How does House Bill 735 Affect me in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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.

Palm Beach county will continue to operate as usual and enforce all of its licensing requirements until the law takes full effect in July of 2023. Once the law goes into effect, the painting, tile, tennis court, and wood flooring will no longer be required.

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# Oscar Mendoza 2022-03-03 21:00
I have a license in Palm Beach County , Martin County and City of Port St Lucie how will HB 735 Affect me Thank you every one for there time !.
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# Aengels G. 2022-03-04 10:26
Hello Oscar,
As of now, Palm Beach County will operate as usual until July 2023. Now once the law takes full effect, you may be required to have a State License to do some trades. With that being said, we recommend you obtain a State License. If you do primarily Residential work, we recommend the Residential Contractor license for the State of Florida. As for Martin County and the City of Port St Lucie, you will need to directly contact the county to get information for any changes to the law.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Tom Kahrhoff 2022-03-16 19:29
Will PBC make a decision on what occupations will need a state license before the 2023 deadline?

Thanks
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# Aengels G. 2022-03-17 09:07
Hello Tom,

Yes, before July 2023, Palm Beach County will decide what trades will need a state license. The painting, tile, tennis court, and wood flooring are one of the few confirmed licenses that will no longer be required.
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# Marcelo Almeida 2022-03-24 11:27
What about interlocking brick paver contractors?
How is going to affect us?
Thank you.
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# Aengels G. 2022-03-24 14:55
Hello Marcelo,
For paving, you will not be required to have a license, but to do the work some businesses may require you to have a license, which in that case you will need a State license like the Florida Residential License.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Tom Kahrhoff 2022-03-25 14:04
Will we have to take the business and finance again or is it the same for the GC license as the fence license I just took?
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# Aengels G. 2022-03-25 15:23
Hello Tom,
You will need to take the Trade and Business exams again for the Florida General Contractor License. I will send you a proposal for the books and classes to prepare to pass the exams. Here is a link below for more information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Diana G 2022-04-22 11:48
What about paving licenses? There isn’t a state paving license for Florida only county licenses, what will happen?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-22 13:31
Hi Diana, The Paving License for Palm Beach County is still available. There is no clear state equivalent because no state license would cover the paving scope of work. We recommend that you contact the county construction department to determine if they will require you to obtain a license. Below is the link with the county contact information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses/licensing-contact-information.html
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# Jerry C 2022-07-12 14:44
How will this effect my license as a fence contractor? Will I need to get a state license?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-12 15:58
Hello Jerry, Since your license was not affected by the House bill, there is no need to obtain a state license. If you want to obtain a State license and be able to work in all the counties, you are welcome to do so. Below is a link for the equivalent licenses that will allow you to do fencing in Florida.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-building-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# SAM khanna 2022-07-23 14:00
As a property owner of a condo, will I be able to do my own soundproofing of the floor and tiling of the same without any license requirements.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-25 14:39
Hello Sam, You will be able to do your own soundproofing of the floor and tiling in your condo without a contractor license. You can contact your Local Building Department to confirm.
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# Elli Rickard 2022-08-09 10:26
We hold Fabric Awning Contractor certificate of competency in Palm Beach and Broward county. Are we required to obtain state license, and if so, what specific license will we require?
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-09 14:24
Hello Elli,

After July of 2023, you will need to obtain either a Residential, Building, or General Contractor license to be able to do Fabric Awning in those counties. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information on those licenses I will add the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-building-contractor-license.html

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Donald Prince 2022-09-09 09:19
We are garage door contractors in Palm Beach County. The state doesn't have a license for this but the county requires a certificate of competency. How will this bill effect us?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-09 15:32
Hello Donald, Palm Beach County is still regulating Garage Doors licenses, so you will not be affected by House Bill 735. If you are interested in obtaining a State license, you can do General, residential, or Building. Below, I have attached a document from Palm Beach Licensing Division and links where you can find more information on the State Licenses.
https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/licensing_competency_list.pdf
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-building-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Marvin López 2022-09-12 23:01
The new law also include the special trade insulation or just paint etcc???
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-14 08:27
Hello Marvin, Palm Beach county is still issuing Certificates of Competency for the trade. In the following link, you can view a list of trades that will not be affected by the new law.
https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/licensing_competency_list.pdf
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# Mimi M 2022-09-13 17:08
Will Palm Beach County require a state license for irrigation in July 2023 or will they still issue certificate of competency?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-14 08:32
Hello Mimi, Palm Beach County has a document of the trades that required licensure, and Irrigation is one of them, you can access the document in the link below.
https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/licensing_competency_list.pdf
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# Matt Bogart 2022-09-22 15:49
So if I don't want to get a residential, building, or general contractor's license, will I still be able to install fences? I only have a fence contractors license at the moment, and don't have any interest in getting a state license.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-23 10:20
Hi Matt, Palm Beach county is still accepting Fence Specialty Contractor License. Therefore, you would not need a state license at the moment. With your Palm Beach County Contractor License, you will only be limited to working in the county that issued you the license. If you want to work in another county, you will need to contact the Licensing Department.
https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/licensing_competency_list.pdf
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# Bret Chevrier 2022-10-03 10:39
What about trim carpentry for Palm Beach? We do closets. Thanks!
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# Idalia S. 2022-10-04 14:59
Hi Bret, Palm Beach County has a document of the trades that require licensure, and Carpentry and Finish Carpentry are listed. You can access the document in the link below.

https://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/licensing_competency_list.pdf
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