Florida Contractor License Law
Florida contractor license law requires that homeowners hire only licensed contractors or they (the homeowner) could face a fine of up to $5,000 dollars. But so many people ask,
“Which license am I supposed to be asking for?”
Florida Contractor Licenses
The following is a clipped summary of the contractor licenses available in Florida (and their designated occupation code):
CG and RG are for General Contractors
A general contractor is a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of trade work which can be performed. From the pouring of your home’s foundation to the initial installation of the roof, a general contractor has the broadest license in Florida. A general contractor has the license and authority to also sub-contract any or all of its trade work. However, in Florida, while a general contractor may install a new roof, it cannot repair or re-roof shingle roofs.
NOTE: In an effort to fast track repairs to Florida homes after Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott signed Executive Order 17-235 granting the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) the authority to suspend the requirement that certified or registered, general, building, or residential contractors subcontract repair or re-roof of wood shakes, asphalt, or fiberglass shingles, tiles, and metal – allowing these licensee types to perform re-roof and repair services directly.
CB and RB are for Building Contractors
A building contractor is a contractor whose services are limited to the construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multi-dwelling residential buildings (and cannot exceed three stories in height). A contractor of this type can also remodel, repair, or improve any size building so long as the services do not affect the structural elements of the building.
CR and RR are for Residential Contractors
A residential contractor means a contractor whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family, two-family, or three-family residences which are no more than two stores in height.
CS and RS are for Sheet Metal Contractors
Whose services are unlimited in the sheet metal trade and who has the experience and skill necessary for the manufacture, fabrication, and assembling, and installation, insulation, alteration, repair, servicing or design of ferrous or nonferrous work of U.S. No. 10 gauge or its equivalent or lighter gauge.
CA and RA are for Solar Contractors
A solar contractor means a contractor whose services consist of the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, relocation, or replacement of solar panels for potable solar water heating systems, swimming pool solar heating systems, and photovoltaic systems and any appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection with these systems.
CC and RC are for Roofing Contractors
A roofing contractor means a contractor whose services are unlimited in the roofing trade. Roofing contractors have the experience, knowledge and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or design and use materials and items used in the installation, maintenance, extension, and alteration of all kinds of roofing, waterproofing, and coating. A roofing contractor can also repair or replace wood roof sheathing or fascia as needed during roof repair or replacement.
NOTE: Because Florida Statute 489.113 (3) does not authorize certified or registered, general, building, or residential contractors to repair or re-roof shingle roofs, those licensees must subcontract all re-roof and repair of shingles work to a certified or registered roofing contractor.
SCC and RX are for Specialty Contractors
A specialty contractor means a contractor whose scope of work and responsibility is limited to a particular phase of construction and whose scope is limited to a subset of the activities described in the categories established in s. 489.105 of the Florida Statutes. Specialty contractors may not contract directly with the public, and must work under contract, under the supervision, and within the scope of work of a contractor licensed pursuant to Sections 489.105(3)(j). For example, a swimming pool specialty contractor must work under contract, under the supervision, and within the scope of work of a contractor licensed pursuant to Sections 489.105(3)(j).