What work can a Florida Handyman do?

A handyman is a versatile laborer who is skilled in a variety of repair, maintenance, and construction tasks.

Florida Laws

  • No Contractor license is required
  • A Business License is required
  • Typically, the scope of work performed by a handyman does not require a permit, but check before beginning any project. Performing unpermitted work can lead to work stoppages and fines.

Insurance and Permitting

  • If an unlicensed handyman does work that falls into the scope of a licensed contractor, he or she is subject to fines and prosecution.
  • Many people will only hire a handyman if they have liability and workers compensation
  • While a Florida handyman doesn’t need a license to perform work, a handyman needs a business license if he is receiving compensation for work.

Florida Handyman Limitations (Varies by County)

  • Paint
  • Repair fences
  • Repair doors and windows
  • Install wood or tile flooring
  • Install insulation
  • Install a driveway or tile walkway
  • Lamp repair
  • Clean swimming pools (no chemical work allowed)
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Basic landscaping such as planting plants (no grading)
  • Build a prefabricated shed less than 250 sq feet.
  • Curtain hanging
  • Drain cleaning
  • Drywall repair
  • Fireplace cleaning
  • Waste removal
  • Window cleaning
  • Water purification
  • Stain removal

What a Handyman is not permitted to do:

To perform any of the following work listed below, you are required to obtain a Florida Contractor License. When acquiring your license, you will take and pass the examinations needed. You would also completely an application with experience and financial requirements for the State Licensing Board to review.

  • Work on foundations
  • Work on structural walls
  • Plumbing of any kind
  • Electrical of any kind
  • HVAC – (Heating, ventilating, and cooling)
  • Additions
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Alarm system install, repair, or maintenance
  • Build a home
  • Work on Masonry walls
  • Work on Column erection
  • Repair any Roof's
  • Perform Excavation
  • Perform Structural Swimming Pool work
  • Work pn any fire protection systems
  • Install any Fire and burglar alarms
  • Install or repair any Screened Enclosures
  • Install any hurricane protection devices
  • Work on any Seawalls

Now there is many licenses you have the option of obtaining, it all depends on what work you perform. Below we have listed three main Florida Contractor Licenses.

For more information on other licenses, please visit Florida Contractor Licensing.


# Allen John 2019-08-18 12:12
Handymen serves all the day to day and small home repairs whether it is plumbing, pest control, electrical or anything, Our life will not be so easy without these licensed handymen.
# Alfred avila 2020-10-01 08:58
Excellent article for the handyman. After reading this post I got some more information about handyman services. Thanks for sharing valuable information!
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-10-01 09:46
We appreciate your feedback, thank you!
# Kristie M. 2021-05-04 12:47
Do you know if you can paint in ft myers with a handyman license?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-05-07 09:12
For Lee County, there is a Contractor License for Painting. We have sent you more information via email. Please check your spam or junk folder if not seen in your inbox. Thank you so much!
# Julian 2020-12-19 20:44
As an air conditioner contractor .can I hire a handy man with air conditioner skills. So he can work under my license??
# Leah R. 2021-08-18 11:58
Yes, you can hire a Handyman with HVAC skills or anyone unlicensed to work under your Contractor License as long as they are actively on the payroll and receiving w-2's.
# Pauline 2021-03-23 11:48
I truly appreciate this post. I've been looking everywhere for this!
Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again!
# Leah R. 2021-08-18 12:00
We appreciate your feedback, thank you!
# Ad 2022-11-20 18:22
If someone is a journeyman electrician but does not have there gen contractors license how can I get it to where they can complete the electrical work on my home
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-21 15:58
Hello AD, the Contractor that holds a GC license will have to subcontract the work to the Journeyman Electrician in order for them to do the electrical work on your home.
# Manny Marcrl 2023-02-13 16:07
As a cabinets installer interior doors and baseboard I don't need a license to work I’m register with the state of Florida have my Liability insurance , can I advertise on the side of my work trailer
Thank you for your respond
# Aengels G. 2023-02-14 11:45
Hello Manny,
You should be able to, but we recommend contacting your local county because every jurisdiction is different, and your specific one may have some requirements before advertising.
The link I have added below will have the counties contact information.


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