A state certified or registered contractor's license is required for the following jobs:
• Roofing work. An unlicensed person is only permitted to “dry-in” a structure. Drying-in a structure means the use of tarps, plastic sheeting, or other temporary materials for the sole purpose of preventing further damage to the structure. All permanent repairs must be made by a licensed individual. (Note: that includes stripping a roof.)
• Any plumbing work that requires a permit or is over $1,000 (total contract)
• Any electrical item that becomes fabricated into the structure
• Any additions or major remodeling jobs
• Major A/C replacement or repair jobs
• Florida Statute 489.127(1)(f) - No person shall engage in the business or act in the capacity of a contractor or advertise himself or a business organization as available to engage in the business or act in the capacity of a contractor without being duly registered or certified or having a certificate of authority.
Statutory penalties for unlicensed contracting:
• Florida Statute 489.127(2)(a) - Any unlicensed person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (1) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
• Florida Statute 489.127(2)(c) - Any unlicensed person who commits a violation of subsection (1) during the existence of a state of emergency declared by executive order of the Governor commits a felony of the third degree.
Note: Electrical Contracting has similar regulations. For specific sites, please refer to Florida Statute 489.531 (1) (a) thru (3)(c).