How does House Bill 735 Affect me in Pinellas County?

Pinellas 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 Pinellas 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.

Effective October 1, 2022, the PCCLB and all Pinellas County municipal and County Building Departments will no longer require contractors to register, test or maintain competency certificates or licenses in column A shown below. Use the table below to see how this change affects your license.

Pinellas County Contractor Licenses Impacted on House Bill 735
A – PCCLB Specialty ClassificationClass CodeB - State License required to pull permits and
work in Pinellas County effective 10/1/2022
Awning Specialty Contractor
Est. 3/18/2008
89 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor
license/registration required
Cabinet Specialty
Est. 1/21/2003
78 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Carpentry Specialty
Est. 7/9/1991
39 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Fence Erection Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
54 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Finish Carpentry Specialty
Est. 1/21/2003
77 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Flatwork Masonry Specialty
Est. 5/16/1989
32 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Garage Door Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
86 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor license registration required
Natural Gas Contractor
Est. 7/9/1991
40 Plumbing, Mechanical Contractor license/registration required
Non Elec Sign Spec Contractor
Est. 3/21/1995
56 General, Building Contractor license/registration required
Painting Specialty
Est. 3/21/1989
30 License no longer required
Paving Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
50 License no longer required
Pile Driving Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
59 General, Building, Residential, Contractor license/registration
required Marine Specialty Contractor required if over water.
Plaster, Stucco, Lath
Est. 3/21/1995
48 License no longer required unless work requires a permit
Permitted work requires General, Building or Residential
Contractor license/registration
Shutter/Open Protection Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
52 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor license/registration required
Structural Masonry
Est. 5/16/1989
33 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor license/registration required
Structural Steel Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995
58 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor license/registration required
Tile & Marble Specialty
Est. 7/9/1991
38 License no longer required
Veneer Specialty
Est. 3/15/1988
28 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor license/registration required

Effective October 1, 2022, all locally licensed contractors in the following trades MUST register with the Construction Industry Licensing Board to perform work in Pinellas County. Alternatively, these contractors may become certified to work in all counties in the state of Florida.

Local Contractor License that must Register with the CILB:
 Class CodeB - State License required to pull permits and work in
Pinellas County effective 10/1/2022
Demolition Contractor
Est. 3/21/1995
53 General, Building, Residential, Demolition Specialty Contractor
license/registration
Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor
Est. 3/21/1995
72 Electrical Contractor, Sign Specialty Contractor
license/registration
Glass & Glazing Specialty Contractor 49 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Contractor
license/registration
Gypsum Drywall Specialty or Drywall Specialty Contracto
Est. 5/16/1989
31 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Drywall Contractor
license/registration
Irrigation System Specialty Contractor
Est. 7/9/1991
37 Plumbing, Specialty Irrigation Contractor license/registration
Limited Energy System Specialty 13 Electrical Contractor, Limited Energy Contractor
license/registration
Marine Specialty Contractor
Est. 5/16/1989
35 General Contractor, Marine Specialty Contractor
license/registration
Specialty Structure Contractor
Est. 9/16/2003
8 General, Building, Residential, Specialty Structure Contractor
license/registration

Previously retired specialty classifications:
C – PCCLB Specialty ClassificationClass CodeD – For reference
Air Conditioning C Contractor 5 See Air Conditioning A or Air Conditioning B Contractor, retired
at DBPR October 1, 1988
Alarm Limited Contractor 7 See Alarm System Contractor I (class code 6) or Alarm System
Contractor II (class code 9)
Alarm Systems I 41 See Alarm System Contractor I (class code 6) or Alarm System
Contractor II (class code 9)
Carpentry/Glass & Glazing 11 See Carpentry Specialty (class code 39) and Glass & Glazing
Specialty Contractor (class code 49) classifications
Commercial Pool/Spa 73 See Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor (class code 66)
Communication System Limited 71 See Limited Energy System Specialty (class code 13)
Drywall/Plaster & Stucco Contractor 55 See Gypsum Drywall (Drywall) (class code 31) and Plaster,
Stucco and Lath Specialty Contractor (class code
Electrical Residential 43 See Residential Electrical Specialty (class code 69)
Limited Specialty Structure 83 See Specialty Structure Contractor (class code 8)
Mobile Home Set up Specialty 51 License no longer required
Outdoor Sign Specialty Contractor 45 See Non-Electric Sign Specialty Contractor (class code 56) or
Electrical Sign Specialty Contractor (class code 72)
Painting Limited Specialty
Est. 3/23/2004 / Ret. 1/1/2021
76 License no longer required
Prestressed Precast Concrete Specialty
Est. 3/21/1995 / Ret. 1/1/2021
75 Requires General, Building, Residential, or Specialty Structure
Contractor license/registration
Reinforcing Steel Specialty Contractor
Est. 3/21/1995 / Ret. 1/1/2021
57 Requires General, Building, Residential, or Specialty Structure
Contractor license/registration
Solar Energy Specialty Contractor 85 See Solar Contractor (class code 70) or Solar Water Heater
Contractor (class code 46)
Solar Energy System Specialty 80 See Solar Contractor (class code 70) or Solar Water Heater
Contractor (class code 46)
Swimming Pool Swim Specialty 94 See appropriate Swimming Pool/Spa classification (class codes
66, 22, 26, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95)
Temporary Roofing Contractor 79 See Roofing Contractor (class code 24)

Source: Pinellas County Licensing Board

Comments   

# Sean maze 2021-12-07 17:37
Hello, in pinellas county a permit is required to replace driveways, as a flatwork concrete contractor we are able to do so. With the new laws will driveways require a builders license to replace? Will existing licensed contractors be grandfathered in somehow so that we can continue building driveways?
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# Stephanie M. 2021-12-08 09:33
Hello Sean Maze!
With the new laws that begin in 2022, a flatwork concrete contractor will be required to obtain either a Building license or a Residential license and unfortunately, there is no Grandfathering in this situation the Contractor will have to start the process for the license and will have to meet the requirement in order to be approved for such license.
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# Lilia gort 2022-04-26 22:59
So as a painter I don’t need a contractor license and can I advertise on my truck and make signs like any other painting Company in Florida
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-27 10:49
Hello Lilia,
Pinellas County does not require a Contractor License to Paint, so there is nothing wrong with you advertising your Painting Company without being licensed. Something to consider is that larger/ commercial customers will most likely require some sort of license before engaging with your services. We suggest that you contact them to inquire about the type of license they will typically require before engaging in business with a painting company.
A strong license to have for that type of business is the Residential Contractor license which has a broad scope and will give you good leverage in the marketplace.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Anthony Steffanci 2022-05-27 07:44
I would like to understand my responsibility license way for my fence business. I have a Pcclb license now. Also if I understand the permitting process I need a license to pull a permit for a fence. I just don't understand because a homeowner who is not licensed can also pull a fence permit with no license.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-05-27 09:07
Hi Anthony,
Due to HB 735, the Fence Erection Specialty license is no longer required unless work requires a building permit. We recommend that you obtain a state license which you will, either way, need to pull a building permit for fencing. Below are the links for the licenses required to pull a building permit.

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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