What Can a Handyman Legally Do in Florida?

There is no such thing as a handyman contractor’s license in Florida. A business license or tax receipt issued by the county is NOT a contractor’s license and does not allow you to legally engage in any type of contracting. In order to legally contract with customers, you must first obtain permission via a license from either the DBPR (CILB or ECLB) at the State level or by your local contractor’s board.

When unsure of whether a specific scope of work is licensed or not, it is always best to contact your local building department to find out. Also, remember that even though House Bill 735 (Preemption of Local Occupational Licensing) will prohibit counties from requiring licenses whose scope of work is substantially different from those issued by the state, many of the services offered by handymen extend well into the scope of work of well regulated trades like plumbing, roofing and general contracting. If your scope of work requires a contractor’s license in Florida or if your county or city require you to be licensed for a specific type of work, you should not offer those services as a handyman.

Some well established handyman businesses offer a set of services like the ones listed below and their work is completely legal.

Work a Handyman Can Perform in the State of Florida Without a License:

  • Patch Cracks & Holes in Existing Concrete
  • Caulking
  • Painting
  • Tile cleaning and repair
  • Exterior and Interior Cleaning
  • Yard Maintenance
  • Pressure Cleaning
  • Cleaning Gutters
  • Laying carpet, vinyl, wood, tile or laminate flooring
  • Replace interior doors & trim

Electrical Allowed:

  • Replace light bulbs with like type and wattage
  • Replace fuses of same size only

Plumbing Allowed:

  • Repair window A/C units
  • Replace disposable air filters
  • Replace exhaust vent piping for clothes dryer only

What Happens If A Handyman Is Found Performing Work That Is Not Licensed To Perform?

If a handyman is found performing work that he/she is not licensed to perform, a citation in the amount of $500.00 will be issued. You may also be charged under Florida Statutes § 489.127. If you would like to do expand your scope of work, you will need a contractor's license. Our licensing experts are standing by help you get a better understanding of your licensing options. Feel free to contact us at 866-986-7978.

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# Ned 2021-03-13 17:59
Do I need to be licensed to reglaze or refurbish a bath tub
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# Leah R. 2021-08-18 11:05
If you change cosmetic things in the bathroom without changing materials or impacting any plumbing fixtures, you do not need a license to reglaze or refurbish a bathtub. If anything in the bathroom needs to be altered or plumbing fixtures are required, this becomes a bathroom remodel.

The following licenses will allow you to alter the bathroom, work on plumbing fixtures, and work on anything electrical.

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

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

Residential Contractor-
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html

Plumbing Contractor-
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-plumbing-contractor-license.html

Unlimited Electrical-
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-unlimited-electrical-contractor-license.html
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# Raymond Davis 2022-08-04 07:59
Do I need a license to do hvac maintenance and to replace parts on the system?
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-04 11:46
Hello Raymond,

Yes, you will need either a Florida Class A Air Conditioning Contractor License or a Florida Mechanical Contractor License. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information please click the link below.

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

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-class-a-air-conditioning-contractor-license.html
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# Raymond Davis 2022-08-04 16:09
Hi Aengels

So whatbyou are saying is that even though I Graduated hvac school ad have been working in the field for 3yrs I can't perform a simple maintenance which does not include doing any changes to the structure of the ac
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-04 16:31
Hello Raymond,

If you would like to do maintenance, like change the filter, that does not require you to change the structure of the A.C then you do not need a Contractor License.
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# Raymond Davis 2022-08-08 19:09
What about changing a capacitor, or a contactor or just adding refrigerant? Which is what can usually happen with maintenance on some systems
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-09 14:02
Hello Raymond,

To do those things to an A.C system you will need a Contractor License.
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# Andrea V 2021-06-03 13:01
How do I report someone doing illegal work without the proper license?
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# Contractor Campus. 2021-06-08 14:48
To report someone working without a contractor's license, you have to file a complaint with the DBPR. The following link will direct you to the website where this complaint can be filed https://www.myfloridalicense.com/datamart/loginFLDBPR.do;jsessionid=e_R_02wz7WGc0VF9gB7M-vtSuqPQFFWyhT8naSPQ.DBPR-WPAP039:VO-Server-Three
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# Susan Brown 2021-06-05 23:04
Can a handyman replace a rotted floor around a toilet? That would include ceramic tile, cement board, plywood subflooring, and rotted floor joists that were strengthened by 2x4's on each side.
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# Contractor Campus. 2021-06-08 14:11
In the state of Florida, a handyman is able to layout carpet, vinyl, wood, tile, or laminate flooring. Although it depends on the county, you would have to double-check with your current county to verify if that is allowed.
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# Mark dode 2021-07-13 00:55
I am unlicensed contractor can I hire a structural engineer to make.plans for my customer
Without doing any of the work like the add on or building do plans require someone to be licensed just to hire the engineer and then charge the customer for them in florida
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# Leah R. 2021-08-18 11:22
You do not need to be licensed to hire a Structural Engineer to make plans. If any structural work is necessary, such as add ons, a general contractor license is required.

For more information on obtaining a general contractor license, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html.
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# J Marino 2021-08-07 16:10
Can an unlicensed handyman replace and/or repair sprinkler heads and what recourse does a homeowner have if the job is not done properly or completed and he got paid prior to realizing that the job was not complete and he didn’t return?
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# Leah R. 2021-08-18 09:41
An unlicensed handyman is unable to replace or repair sprinkler heads. To do this work legally, you will need an Irrigation Contractor License. For more information on obtaining an Irrigation License, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-irrigation-contractor-license.html. If you are interested in a county license, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses.html and select the county you are interested in.

As a homeowner, you can report any unlicensed activity with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Please visit http://bpr.state.fl.us/apps/complaint_forms/pmw_form.asp to file a complaint in regards to paid and unfinished work along with the unlicensed activity.
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# GW 2021-08-15 23:04
Does the sub contractor for marble and granite needs license in Palm Beach county Florida?
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# Leah R. 2021-08-18 11:49
Yes, a license is required to perform marble and granite work in Palm Beach County, even as a subcontractor.
In Palm Beach County, the license required to perform marble and granite work is a Tile, Terrazzo, and Stone Contractor License. For more information on how to obtain this license, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/palm-beach-county-florida-tile-terrazzo-and-stone-contractor-gits-license.html
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# Michael story 2021-08-18 21:40
Am I allowed to replace or repair siding in the state of Florida ?
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# Leah R. 2021-08-19 14:15
To Replace or Repair siding in the State of Florida, you must have a General Contractor License. For more information on how to obtain a Contractors license, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html.
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# James Moore 2022-10-02 17:12
Can a handy man repair pavers that are sunk just re-leveled them
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# Jorge Rodriguez 2021-08-22 03:46
Can a handyman install exterior doors and windows or is license necessary
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# Leah R. 2021-08-23 09:23
To Install Exterior Doors and Windows, a windows and doors license is required at a county level. To obtain this license, you will need to pass a trade and business exam. We offer the books and classes to better prep you for these exams. For more information on a specific county, visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses.html

If you are looking to obtain a state-level license, a general, building, or residential contractor will allow you to install exterior doors and windows.

For more information on these licenses, please visit:

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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# Wesley Doty 2021-08-27 12:36
can i paint, repair drywall and pressure wash?
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# Leah R. 2021-09-10 10:22
A Handyman can paint and pressure wash without a license.

To repair drywall, a license is needed. These licenses can be obtained at a county or state level.

For information on the state license, please visit,
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-gypsum-drywall-contractor-license.html

For information on a county license please visit, https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses.html and select the county you are interested in working in.
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# Loubert 2021-11-17 20:51
Hi! can you help me pass the exam for plaster and stucco to have my county license
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# Idalia S. 2021-11-22 09:12
Hi Loubert! We can get you ready for the plaster and stucco exam. We offer courses and books to help prepare you for this test. I will attach a link below with a famous county so you may read up on the different requirements, testing options, and information on that license.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/plastering-and-stucco-contractor-class-ps.html
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# Laurie B Levine 2021-09-02 19:54
Unlicensed handyman replaced my window. Now my HOA is having a fit. I did get a permit and the inspection passed. What should I do? I didn't realize he wasn't licensed or that one was even needed
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# Leah R. 2021-09-10 10:26
Hello,
It does not seem as much can be done after the fact. However, for future reference, to check if a person is licensed and insured, please visit, https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?SID=&brd=H
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# handyman arlington 2021-09-09 10:10
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# Leah R. 2021-09-10 10:27
Thank you so much for the feedback!
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# Solon castro 2021-09-10 15:04
Need a painting license in florida
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# Leah R. 2021-09-13 08:33
To work on painting in the State of Florida, there is no specific license. This work normally falls under the county level. Most counties require a Painting Contractor License such as Lee County.

Lee County Painting Contractors can use paint spraying equipment and hand tools to apply paint to the interior and exterior surfaces; includes painting concrete, sealing river rock, sandblasting, and general coating except for roof applications.

For more information on obtaining a Lee County Painting License please visit, https://www.contractorcampus.com/lee-county-florida-painting-pt-contractor-gits-license.html

If you are interested in obtaining a license at the state level, a general, building, or residential contractor will allow you to do so.
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# cpo2071 2021-09-12 16:14
I'm moving to FL early in 2022. I currently do work in MN that I don't need a license for, that includes parts replacement of: electrical outlets, switches, and light fixtures and faucets, sink drain pipes, and toilets.
Is there a license level that would allow me to do those services?
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# Leah R. 2021-09-13 08:51
To do the replacement of electrical outlets, switches, and light fixtures, you will need to obtain a lighting maintenance contractor license. We offer the books and classes to better prep you for both exams.

For more information on how to obtain this license, please visit,
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-lighting-maintenance-contractor-license.html

To replace faucets, sink drain pipes, and toilets you will need a Plumbing Contractors License.
This license has a trade and business exam. We carry all the material needed to help you pass these exams.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-plumbing-contractor-license.html
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# Dave T Droese 2021-09-28 18:52
does a mobile home come under the same the same category has a residential home? needing a licence to do the same work on a permanent structure.
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# Idalia S. 2021-10-13 14:16
Hello Dave! The interior cosmetics of a mobile home do not fall under the same category as a residential home for licensing purposes. In most jurisdictions, you are not required to obtain a license if you are performing work that does not interfere with Plumbing, Electrical, or HVAC Sytems. However, we advise you to confirm with your local building department since every jurisdiction is different.
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# George Acevedo 2021-10-10 14:33
this is B S more ways to keep people from making a living and more money for the government and more red tape to keep people from getting licenses ..state ,city ,and country government should make schooling and licensing much more affordable for any one to get the schooling and licensing so every one can be legal to preform the job right ...
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# Idalia S. 2021-10-13 14:29
Hello George, We understand your frustration and it can be complicated to obtain these licenses. But the good news is that we are here to help prepare you to acquire your contracting license. We offer books and courses so you may study. If you are not looking to purchase the entire set of books and classes you may purchase them individually.
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# DG 2022-10-29 23:43
If the tests were the only issue that would be great. The problem is the 4 year experience requirements in things you may not even want to practice. I have 30+ years experience in construction, mainly roofing, but I don't have the experience in the various requirements Florida requires for a GC or Residential Contractor. I want to do simple handyman jobs, not build a freaking house. They should have another type of license between nothing and a GC.
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# Aengels G. 2022-10-31 12:23
Hi Bob! If you are looking to do just simple handyman work, such as Patch Cracks & Holes in Existing Concrete Caulking
Painting
Tile cleaning and repair
Exterior and Interior Cleaning
Yard Maintenance
Pressure Cleaning, etc., you do not have to be licensed as a General contractor. However, if you are looking to do structural work, electrical or plumbing, you need to be licensed at a state level. We recommend you check out the following link to see how your county has responded to House Bill 735.


https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-house-bill-735-preemption-of-local-occupational-licensing.html
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# Raymond Davis 2022-08-04 07:56
I completely agree you seem to need to jump through all sorts of hoops just to do things that most other states allow but that's florida for you
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# Stephany 2021-10-12 22:24
Is a license required to install cabinets? Or is that covered under handyman services
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# Idalia S. 2021-10-13 14:36
Hello Stephany! A Finish Carpentry or Carpentry Contracting License is required in most jurisdictions to install cabinets. Within handyman services, you may only replace cabinet handles and missing cabinet doors.
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# Charlie lawfer 2021-10-20 14:46
Do I need any certification to hang lights on the inside of a pool cage. I won’t be changing anything structural. All lights are low voltage led and plug into an existing gfci outlet
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# Idalia S. 2021-10-21 10:58
Hi Charlie! Based on what you are describing you do not need a license. Just in case, there is some information below for the Lightning Maintenance License.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-lighting-maintenance-contractor-license.html
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# Rolland 2021-10-30 14:02
I need to replace a deck that has rotting boards at side of house. Do I need a permit in Sarasota county to replace the wooden deck with concrete walkway that will now extend into the driveway. Will a contractor need to be licensed?
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# Idalia S. 2021-11-03 11:18
Hi Rolland! As far as permitting requirements to go, it is always best to confirm with a Sarasota county official.

https://building.scgov.net/PublicPortal/Sarasota/index.jsp

To confirm the license that the contractor needs, I will also attach a separate link to our website where there you may also read about the scope of work that the contractor is allowed to perform depending on his or her license.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/sarasota-county-fl.html
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# Len 2021-11-12 11:45
as a handyman I do a tile installation in FL, mostly residential, (sometimes commercial). Do I need any kind of license?
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# Idalia S. 2021-11-12 13:18
Hi Len! For the state of Florida, you do need a contractor license to do tile installation. It is usually obtained at a county level. There isn't a "Tile license" that would cover the entire State of Florida; however, we recommend the Residential Contractor license because its scope covers tile. I will attach a link below so you may have more information on that specific license.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# New Handyman 2021-12-02 15:10
This is great information about Florida (I was unaware it was so confusing in Fl about who can do what). Do you have any idea about North Carolina? We just started our handyman company Concord Handyman Company in Concord, NC and want to obviously be on the right side of the law.
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# Stephanie M. 2021-12-03 09:36
Hi Concord Handyman! We are delighted that our information has been helpful. For the State of North Carolina, a Contractor License is only required when the contract amount exceeds $30,000. I will attach a link below with more information for North Carolina.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/north-carolina-contractor-licenses/general-contractor-board.html
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# Cathy 2021-12-06 09:56
Do you need a contractors license to install a fence on residential property?
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# Stephanie M. 2021-12-07 08:53
Hello Cathy,
The answer is no. You don't need a General contractor license just for fencing. You might be able to use a fencing contractor license within your county if they provide it, or you may use a Residential Contractor license within your state. I hope this information was helpful.
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# Al Mason 2021-12-21 10:35
Do I need a license in Florida to put coatings on asphalt driveways? What about patching holes and crack sealant ?
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# Idalia S. 2021-12-22 09:17
Hi Mason,

It would depend on the county you are located in. For example, some counties have an asphalt sealing license, and others simply have an asphalt license.

I will attach a link two popular counties license that covers the work you are interested in performing.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/broward-county-florida-sealcoating-contractor-gits-license.html

https://www.contractorcampus.com/miami-dade-county-florida-asphalt-sealing-engineering-prov-license.html
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# Alex f 2021-12-28 13:22
Would I need a license to perform repairs or alterations to the framing of an interior door?
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# Aengels G. 2021-12-28 14:46
Hello Alex,
It would depend on the County you are in; for example, if you are located in Lee County, and it's a regular door, the license you would need is The Lee County Finish Carpentry Contractor License; this is the link for that license.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/lee-county-florida-finish-carpentry-fc-contractor-gits-license.html

If you are located in Collier County, and the door is glass, you would need the Collier County Glass and Glazing Contractor License
https://www.contractorcampus.com/collier-county-florida-glass-and-glazing-contractor-gits-license.html
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# Lennys C 2022-01-12 17:19
Hello,

I would like to know if I any license is required for plastering services in Miami. Could you please help?
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# Aengels G. 2022-01-13 12:23
Hello Lennys,
To do plastering services in Miami, you would need the Miami-Dade County Lathing & Plastering (ProV©) License. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the Trade and Business exam. For more information, check the link I have added below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/miami-dade-county-lathing-plastering-prov-license.html
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# sharon grimes 2022-01-13 13:53
do we need a licensed contractor to replace a cabinet with a sink in our bathroom? existing pipes will be used- just getting new canibnet and sink
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# Aengels G. 2022-01-13 16:25
Hello Sharon,
Yes, you will need a licensed contractor to replace a cabinet with a sink. The contractor can have a Cabinet and Millwork Contractor License or a Carpentry Contract license. They will also need to have a plumbing license since they will be working with the existing pipes.
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# Mr. G 2022-01-22 09:40
Thank you in advance for all the previous comments and answers. Would I need to have a license to paint or repair a fence in S. Fl?
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# Aengels G. 2022-01-24 12:00
Hello Mr. G,
Depending on the county you are located in, you will need a license. For example, for the County of Lee, it will be the Lee County (Florida) Fence Erection (FN) Contractor (GITS) License.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/lee-county-florida-fence-erection-fn-contractor-gits-license.html
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# Mike N. 2022-01-28 10:53
do I need a contracts license to repair my exterior fence in the state of Florida? thank you!
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# Aengels G. 2022-01-28 11:54
Hello Mike,
No, you do not need a Contractor License to repair the exterior of your fence under your property.
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# Timothy 2022-02-02 10:35
I’m in the process of starting a handyman business In Florida and would like to find out a cost for insurance,what type of coverage and costs
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# Aengels G. 2022-02-02 16:10
Hola Timothy,
We are a school and a bookstore that has the books and classes to prepare you to pass the exams for a Contractor License. For the price of insurance you will need to contact Insurance and Bond Companies, which I will add a link below that has some information for that.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/top-5-insurance-companies-for-contractors.html
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# Cherdan 2022-03-05 02:18
I hired a well established remodeling company in Broward County (FL) with one licensed person who has both a RB and a RR license. To my knowledge, this “GC” has not stepped foot on my property for nearly 400 days to oversee my complete renovation of my primary bathroom project. I believe the “tile person” has a basic GC license. However, I believe this “tile person” is having unlicensed people do the majority of the work. The result - an incorrectly installed shower floor pitch 2x. This company thinks I should allow this “tile person” and his unlicensed crew attempt to install my shower floor a 3x. My question: Is it against Florida law for a GC to allow unlicensed people to complete a full shower tile installation (floor, wall, etc.)?
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# Idalia S. 2022-03-07 11:43
Florida Statute 489.113(2) states that "A person must be certified or registered in order to engage in the business of contracting in this state. However, for purposes of complying with the provisions of this chapter, a subcontractor who is not certified or registered may perform construction work under the supervision of a person who is certified or registered, provided that the work is within the scope of the supervising contractor’s license, the supervising contractor is responsible for the work, and the subcontractor being supervised is not engaged in construction work that would require a license as a contractor under any of the categories listed in s. 489.105(3)(d)-(o). This subsection does not affect the application of any local construction licensing ordinances." As to the legal interpretation of that statement within the context of your particular situation, please seek competent legal advice.

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2018/489.105
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# Tim W 2022-03-16 15:14
I’m a new start up and searching all over to be completely compliant, will be residential and commercial repaints and new is there any licenses I will need?
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# Idalia S. 2022-03-16 16:24
Hi Tim! If you are looking to do solely painting and some construction work, we would recommend the residential license for the state of Florida.

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

For Commercial construction work, including painting, we would recommend the General Contractor license for you to be completely compliant to perform any work in Florida.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Jill 2022-05-08 21:33
My husband is getting older and wants to get his plumbing license, but I think he can maybe do several small things without having a license. Also can unlicensed plumbers do leak detection? Also, can you send me the link to the site that has that information, too, please? Thank you so much.
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# Aengels G. 2022-05-09 09:39
Hello Jill, A Handyman can perform work in Florida without a Plumbing license, but he is limited to the job. He can repair window A/C units, replace disposable air filters, and replace exhaust vent piping for clothes dryers only. He will need his Plumbing License to do other plumbing work. He needs to pass the Trade and Business exam to obtain his contractor license. We have the books and classes to prepare him to pass both exams. I will add a link below with more information about the Florida Plumbing Contractor License.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-plumbing-contractor-license.html
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# Sad Homeowner 2022-05-13 16:10
Can an unlicensed contractor/handyman replace soffit and fascia on a house? Can they fill in old unused ac return vents in plaster walls? Can the replace siding on a house?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-05-13 16:41
Hello Tracy,
Depending on the county that you are in, a handyman will need to have a license to perform that type of work. For the state of Florida, you can have a specialty structure Contractor License which will allow you to perform the work you stated above. Below is a link for more information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-specialty-structure-contractor-license.html
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# Zach C. 2022-05-20 16:16
Hoping you can lead me in the right direction. I am looking to start a business offering interior painting. I am retired and looking to only paint home interiors, and potentially install some high end mini blinds. No spray equipment, I would be doing all jobs by hand. I would imagine most of my jobs would be under 5k.

I realize a handyman can paint without a contractor license, but can I call myself a Professional Painter, and not have a license ? I would prefer not to market myself as a handyman. Any guidance you can provide is appreciated.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-05-20 16:35
Hello Zach,
Without a contractor license, you will not be considered to be a professional painter. We recommend obtaining a Commercial or Residential state Contractor license which will allow you to do the type of work you stated above. You can also contact your local jurisdiction and ask if a painting license is needed. Below are links to contact them and where you can find more information about the licenses.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses/licensing-contact-information.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Joanne 2022-06-14 19:59
A contractor friend is willing to pay me to paint the interior of a home in Osceola county. Since his professional painters bailed out. Would I need a license or certificate to finish it.
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# Aengels G. 2022-06-15 09:08
Hello Joanne,

You will need to obtain the Residential Contractor License for Osceola county. For more information on this license, I will attach a link below. We have the classes and books to prepare you to pass the Trade and Business exams.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-county-residential-contractor-prometric-license.html
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# Jim Stepan 2022-06-30 17:47
I want to get a General Contractor license. Would my handyman job experience count in getting the license? Looks like I need 1 year experience as Foreman to qualify for GC license? Is that correct? I have a two year degree.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-01 09:29
Hello Jim, you will need four years of experience as a worker or foreman, of which at least one year must have been as a foreman. Your two-year degree can qualify you for the experience option of one year as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses. The link below will give you more details regarding the requirements for the General contractor license.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Tina Yvette-Mason 2022-07-05 19:35
1. As a handywoman, am I able to have my husband, minor daughters, and brother assist me in a client's home by doing the cleaning/disinfecting/sanitizing or hard surfaces, some painting, and cleanup afterwards?

2. What is my financial responsibility if I stain the carpet and/or tiles with paint and it cannot come out even after cleaning the carpet and pressure washing the tiles?

I'm doing most of the painting, replacing the shower head, regrouting the tiles, etc.

It's for an apartment located in Kissimmee, FL (Osceola County). I have an LLC.

Do I have to show my client my credentials after a job is in progress or complete? They did not ask for them before I started the work.

Shouldn't they still pay me even if I don't show my credentials to them upon request?

I feel they should have asked me for them before I started the work.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-06 14:07
Hi Tina, We offer the study material for you to obtain a contractor License. A state license you can obtain to do handyman work like painting is the Residential Contractor License in the State of Florida. You can hire anyone within your company to do painting/sanitizing/ or any work. When it comes to your financial responsibility, it varies, we recommend that you get a hold of your insurance, and they will be able to give you more information. Your clients can choose whether they want to see your credentials or not; it all depends on their preference. If you sign a contract for the work you will be doing, there would be no issue with them not paying you. You can get more information on the Residential Contractor License at the link below. https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Tina Yvette-Mason 2022-07-06 14:52
Thank you for that info Sharilyn.

I plan on obtaining a contractor license through classes with your company. I will be signing up in a few weeks, after my next project.

I don't have a contract with my client. He is refusing to pay me until he sees my credentials. But why should I show them to him now? He claims he wasn't aware before and the quality of my work made him suspicious. And he is telling me that some things were done poorly / some things were not finished on time as promised / some things were not finished at all. My client took extra time off of work and also stayed in a hotel because I could not complete the work on time. Not sure what to do because they are not totally wrong. Any advice or suggestions?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-06 16:01
Hi Tina! You are welcome. We are delighted that we were able to assist you. We are sorry to hear that and recommend that you consult a legal expert specializing in construction. Best of Luck.
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# Y. Clarke 2022-07-08 00:05
Can a handyman apply a coat of reseal paint on a driveway without a license. ?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-08 10:12
Hello Clarke, We recommend that you contact your local county building department, and they will be able to confirm whether you will be able to apply a coat of resealing paint on a driveway without a license in that jurisdiction.
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# C becker 2022-07-14 07:42
Can I do basic garages repairs as a handyman? Like reprogram operator, remotes, and cars. Can I tune up door with oil and adjustments? Can I replace worn rollers as a handyman? I know you need license to replaced door or operator but it says nothing about minor fixes. Not changing structure
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-14 16:14
Hello, as long as you are not repairing anything electrical or the structure, you would not need the license. If you would like to obtain a license, we recommend the Residential Contractor License. Below is a link with more information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Texas Hotel Contractor 2022-07-18 19:44
Hello,

I’m a contractor in Texas with 8+ years of experience in New Construction & Renovation. How can I get licensed in the state of Florida to work on new construction, commercial & residential?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-19 11:52
Hello,
The State of Florida is now accepting licenses from Texas through Endorsements. Below is a link with information on the documents you need to provide to the DBPR. If you are not under one of the qualifications in order to get endorsed, then to be licensed in the state of Florida, you will need to pass the trade and business exams. Below is another link with information on the General Contractor License in Florida.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/endorsements-in-the-state-of-florida.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Phil R 2022-07-21 02:38
Would I need a contractors license to apply a concrete coating in Florida?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-21 11:20
Hello Phil, to do Concrete Coating, you will need a Florida General Contractor License. You will need to pass the Trade and Business exams to obtain this license. Below is a link for more information regarding the Florida GC License.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Victoria 2022-07-25 15:29
Hello! To install a prefabricated outdoor shower enclosure made out of cedar or white vinyl does that fall under the scope of handyman, will not be touching the plumbing.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-25 16:33
Hello Victoria,
To install a prefabricated outdoor shower enclosure made out of cedar or white vinyl, you will need to obtain a Glass and Glazing Contractor License or a plumbing Contractor License. Below are the links for these licenses where you can find more information.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-glass-and-glazing-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-plumbing-contractor-license.html
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# Jenny Pittman 2022-07-26 19:44
We are having our screen replaced that encloses our swimming pool, do we need to hire a licensed contactor?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-07-27 08:32
Hello Jenny,
Contractors that do pool screening are licensed and insured. They typically have an Aluminum license or a Specialty Structure license. If it's the repair of a section from the screen, it could be replaced by a handyman.
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# Victor Almodovar 2022-11-29 11:30
What if it is a complete pool enclosure rescreen? The customer wants to replace all there old screen to new ones. No aluminum work at all. Is a license still required?
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-29 16:11
To complete the Pool re-Screened enclosures, you will need a Florida Specialty Structure Contractor License. As a handyman, you cannot legally complete the work you have stated. To obtain a Specialty Structure contractor license, you will need to pass the Trade and Business exams. In addition, you will need to satisfy the experience requirements. Below I have attached a link with information on the Florida Specialty Structure contractor license.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-specialty-structure-contractor-license.html
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# Andrew Lazar 2022-07-31 08:34
As an unlicensed handyman, can I replace bathroom faucets, showerheads, etc.? They are very basic plumbing fixtures. Will not be touching or moving any water supplies.
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-01 10:36
Hello Andrew,

Yes, you are able to replace bathroom faucets and showerheads without a plumbing license, as long as you do not touch the water supply.
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# Alex F 2022-08-01 11:26
Does a person need any type of license to perform repairs on sliding glass doors in Florida? Not installing new doors or replacing glass, just things like replacing rollers and repairing (not replacing) tracks.
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-01 14:19
Hello Alex,

To repair or replace any rollers and/or tracks you will need a Florida Glass and Glazing Contractor License. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exam. For more information on this license click the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-glass-and-glazing-contractor-license.html
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# Anthony sal 2022-08-03 21:02
Can a handy man performance a maintenance on a residential ac unit?
Replace filters it says but what about everything else. ?
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-04 11:45
Hello Anthony,

If you need to mess with the structure of the AC unit you will need a Contractor license in the state of Florida. Either a Florida Class A Air Conditioning Contractor License or a Florida Mechanical Contractor License. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information please click the link below.

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

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-class-a-air-conditioning-contractor-license.html
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# Anthony Sal 2022-08-04 18:00
mess with the structure of the unit? im just trying to clairfy, you dont mess with the structor of an ac unit. you change filter, clear drain line, add pan tabs check temps and pressures. none of that is messing with the structor.
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-05 10:09
Hello Anthony,

To change the filter, add pan tabs, and check temps and pressures you do not need a Contractor License, now to clear the drain lines you will need a Contractor License like the Florida Class A Air Conditioning Contractor license. For additional information involving the type of work you can do please click the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-class-b-air-conditioning-contractor-license.html
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# Troy M 2022-08-17 11:57
Does replacement of rotten fascia wood on exterior of residential home need a specific license or can this be performed by a handyman?
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-17 13:24
Hello Troy,

You would need a Florida Specialty Structure Contractor License to be able to replace fascia wood on the exterior of a residential home. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exam for that license, for more information I will add the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-specialty-structure-contractor-license.html
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# Mario G 2022-08-18 13:39
How you can get a license to work under the rules if you have to show some time of experience? You have to work firs with out license in order to get one?
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-18 14:16
Hello Mario,

You will be working under a company that has a Certified Contractor, if that is not the case you can always satisfy your experience with education, either way, if the State or County would like to verify your experience further, they may ask you for a notarized letter, pay stubs or W-2's.
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# Jake D 2022-08-28 14:29
Hi im in orange county fl. Do I need a license to clean out clothes dryer vents
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-29 09:17
Hello Jake,

To clean out a dryer vent you do not need a Contractor license.
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# C Marino 2022-09-12 20:35
Do I need a contractor's license to hang in repair drywall in Florida Fort Lauderdale
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-13 13:54
Hello Marino, You will need to obtain the Florida Gypsum Drywall Contractor License. Below I have attached a link where you can access information like experience and education requirements. https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-gypsum-drywall-contractor-license.html
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# Alex F 2022-10-03 09:06
Can someone install vertical screen walls without a contractor license? For example, a screened patio.
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# Idalia S. 2022-10-04 15:07
Hello Alex, for the state of Florida, we recommend obtaining the specialty structure contractor license if you want to install vertical screen walls. I will attach a link for you to learn about the license and its requirements.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-specialty-structure-contractor-license.html
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# Andrew A 2022-10-15 14:33
Do I need a license to do new construction (cabinets and interior trim base /crown/ casing. Only) in Sarasota County?
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# Aengels G. 2022-10-17 10:52
Hello Andrew,

Yes, you will need to obtain a Contractor license to do that type of work. You can obtain the FL County License For Residential Contractor (Prov©), we have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information on that license please click the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/residential-contractor-prov-fl-county-license.html
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# MatthewJM 2022-11-14 11:01
Does a handyman doing any of these jobs need to have a plumbing license or any type of license at all? Faucets, sinks, disposals, dishwashers, toilets replacements?
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# Idalia S. 2022-11-14 14:35
Hi Matthew,

You will need a Florida Plumbing Contractor License to work on the piping of a residential property.

For more information on that license please click the link below.

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