County Business & Contractor Information

Florida Licenses & Corporations Inc./Florida Contractor Exam Prep School is currently serving clients in following areas throughout Florida:

(A) Alachua Clay Gilchrist Holmes Liberty Okeechobee St. Lucie (W) Wakulla
(B) Baker Collier Glades (I) Indian River (M) Madison Orange Santa Rosa Walton
Bay Columbia Gulf (J) Jackson Manatee Osceola Sarasota Washington
Bradford (D )DeSoto (H) Hamilton Jefferson Marion (P) Palm Beach Seminole  
Brevard Duval Hardee (L) Lafayette Martin Pasco Sumter  
Broward (E) Escambia Hendry Lake Miami-Dade Pinellas Suwannee  
(C) Calhoun (F)| Flagler Hernando Lee Monroe Polk (T) Taylor  
Charlotte Franklin Highlands Leon (N) Nassau Putnam (U) Union  
Citrus (G) Gadsden Hillsborough Levy (O) Okaloosa (S) St. Johns (V) Volusia  

 

Below is a brief sample listing of common Contractor and/or Business Permit and Licensing requirements for several counties in Florida including: Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. For more information about State and Local Business & Contractor Permit and/or Licensing requirements in your area please contact your local government office or contact our offices @305-446-3442  to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff regarding your specific business needs. For more information about the many services we offer please visit our “services” page.

BROWARD COUNTY BUSINESS & CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

This is only a Listing of Common Registrations some occupations require additional Licensing:

  • Licenses/Permits/Regulations
  • Local Business Tax (formerly Occupational License)
  • Certificate of Use
  • State Certified Contractor Registration
  • Environmental Licensing
  • Occupational License
  • Auto Body/Paint Shop Regulation /Land Use and Permits

  • Auto Repair Shop Regulation /Air

  • Child Care Facilities /Development Review Approval

  • ENVIROS: Environmental Permit and License Data /Hazardous Material/Storage Tank Facility License

  • Fire and Out-Of-Business Sale Permits /License Transfers

  • Home Solicitation Sales Permits / Plats/Delegation Requests

  • Moving Company Licenses /Solid Waste

  • Taxicab/Limousine Regulation /Tree Removal

  • Towing Regulations /Water/Wastewater/Wet Lands

CONTRACTOR LICENSING & REGISTRATION

State Licensed Contractor Local Registration

Local Contractor Certificate of Competency(EXAM)

Plumbing and Specialty Plumbing Contractors, General Class “A”: Class “B”: Class “C Specialty Building Contractors Acoustic Ceilings Category–Class “A”:, Aluminum Category–Class “AL”:, Awning Erection Category–Class “AE”,: Demolition Category (Non explosive)–Class “D”:, Drywall and Lathing Category–Class “DL”,: Elevator Installation and Maintenance Category–Class “E”:, Fence Erection Category–Class “F”: ,Flooring Category–Class “FL”,: Glazing Category–Class “G”: ,Insulation Category–Class “I”: ,Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor–Class “CPC”: , Residential Pool/Spa Contractor–Class “RP”:, Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor–Class “SP”, Roofing category–Class “R., Screen Enclosures Category–Class “SC”: , Sign Erection (Nonelectric) Category–Class “SE”:, Finished Carpentry Category–Class “FC”: , Rough Carpentry Category-class”RC”: Specialty masonry categories. Masonry Category–Class “M”: ,Concrete Placing and Finishing Category–Class “CP”, Gunite Category–Class “GU”: ), Plastering and Stucco Category–Class “PS”, Roof Decks Category–Class “RD”:include the following sub-categories: (gypsum concrete deck, insulating concrete deck, and fill structural cement-fiber roof deck) Terrazzo Category–Class “T”:, Tile and Marble Category–Class “TM”:, Interlocking Brick Pavers–Class “IBP”: Specialty painting categories. Painting (Interior and Exterior) Category–Class “P”,: Painting Unlimited Category–Class “PU”,: Roof Painting and Cleaning Category–Class “RP”,: Sandblasting Category–Class “S”:, Waterproofing Category- Class”W”: Specialty steel categories Miscellaneous Metals Erection Category–Class “MM”:, Steel Reinforcing and Iron Category–Class “SR”:, Structural Steel Category–Class “SS”: Mechanical and Specialty Mechanical Contractors Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contractors Engineering and Specialty Engineering Contractors

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

Notice of Commencement

Residential Permits

Duplexes Single Family Homes Small Apartment buildings Townhouses

Commercial Permits

Manufacturing Plants Offices Stores Warehouses

Accessory Permits

Air Conditioning installations or replacements Burglar Alarms Decks Docks Fences Hot Water Heater installations or replacements Lawn Sprinklers Low Voltage electric Pools (Residential) Propane Gas Tank Systems Re-roofs/Repairs Residential and Commercial permanent generators Screen Enclosures Sheds Window/Door Replacements

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BUSINESS & CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

This is only a Listing of Common Registrations some occupations require additional Licensing:

Florida License & Corporations, Inc./Florida Contractor Exam Prep School Provides Dade & Local Application Assistance Services for the following applications:

  • COUNTY BUSINESS LICENSING & PERMITTING SERVICES.

  • LOCAL BUSINESS TAX (FORMALLY CALLED OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE)

  • CITY BUSINESS & CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION

  • MUNICIPAL LICENSES.

  • CERTIFICATE OF USE/OCCUPANCY.

  • IW5 PERMITS (NEW BUSINESSES)

  • DERM CERTIFICATION

  • FLORIDA SALES TAX APPLICATIONS.

  • CONSTRUCTION PERMIT EXPEDITING SERVICES

  • ZONING PERMIT APPLICATION

  • LEGALIZING ILLEGAL ADDITIONS

  • NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT.

  • MINORITY BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONS (CSBE,DBE,HBE,BBE,WBE) Applications

  • The Department of Small Business Development (SBD) Applications

  • Planning & zoning Applications

  • Public Works Applications

  • Department of Procurement Management Applications

Contractor Licensing Information

All Applicants must have work experience in the trade they wish to apply for. Please Click on the link at the bottom of this page for a detailed listing of the Miami-Dade County Contractor License Category Scope of Work and Experience Requirements

License Categories

Note: Examinations are required for certification in all types of licenses marked by an asterisk (*).

Building

  • *General Building Contractor
  • *Sub-General Building Contractor
  • *Sub-Building Contractor

Building Specialties

  • Canvas Awning
  • *Communication Tower
  • Concrete Finishing
  • * Concrete Forming & Placing
  • * Concrete Slab Sawing & Core Drilling
  • * Demolition
  • Door
  • *Drywall
  • Fence
  • Finish Carpentry
  • Flooring
  • Garage & Industrial Door
  • *Glass & Glazing
  • Gypsum Drywall Finish
  • Gypsum Drywall Installer
  • Insulation & Acoustical Tile
  • Masonry & Decorative Fence
  • *Lathing & Plastering
  • *Metal Decking & Siding
  • *Metal Awning & Storm Shutter
  • Metal Partition
  • *Miscellaneous Metals
  • Ornamental Iron
  • Painting
  • *Pneumatic Concreting & Pressure Grouting
  • *Prestressed Precast Concrete Erection
  • Public Seating
  • *Reinforcing Steel Placing
  • *Roof Deck
  • Roof
  • *Screen Enclosure
  • Sheet Metal Gutter & Downspout
  • Shower & Tub Enclosure
  • Sign(Non-Electric)
  • *Structural Steel Erection
  • *Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Courts (Surface Paving)
  • Traditional Thatched Hut
  • *Unit Masonry, Marble & Exterior Veneer

Electrical

  • *Journeyman Burglar Alarm
  • *Journeyman Electrician
  • *Journeyman Fire Alarm
  • *Journeyman Sign Electrician
  • *Master Burglar Alarm
  • *Master Electric Utility
  • *Master Electrician
  • *Master Fire Alarm
  • *Master Low Voltage
  • *Master Sign Electrician
  • *Master TV Antenna

Plumbing

  • *Journeyman Gas Fitter
  • *Journeyman Plumber
  • *Master Gas Fitter
  • *Master Lawn Sprinkler
  • *Master Plumber
  • *Master Swimming Pool Maintenance (Limited)
  • *Master Swimming Pool Maintenance (Unlimited)
  • *Master Swimming Pool Piping
  • Portable Chemical Toilets
  • Liquefied Petroleum (LP)
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Mechanical

  • *Journeyman Air Conditioning
  • *Journeyman Fire Sprinkler
  • *Journeyman Gasoline Tank & Pump
  • *Journeyman General Mechanical
  • * Journeyman Heating
  • *Journeyman Insulation
  • *Journeyman Pneumatic Control Piping
  • *Journeyman Pressure & Process Piping
  • *Journeyman Refrigeration
  • *Journeyman Room Air Conditioning
  • *Journeyman Sheet Metal
  • *Journeyman Steam Generator Boilers & Piping
  • *Journeyman Warm Air Heating
  • *Master Air Conditioning Limited
  • *Master Air Conditioning Unlimited
  • *Master Ammonia Refrigeration
  • *Master Elevator Maintenance & Service
  • *Master Gasoline Tank & Pump
  • *Master General Mechanical
  • *Master Heating
  • *Master Insulation
  • *Master Pneumatic Control Piping
  • *Master Pneumatic Tube Conveyor System
  • *Master Pressure & Process Piping
  • *Master Refrigeration Limited
  • *Master Refrigeration Unlimited
  • *Master Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • *Master Room Air Conditioning
  • *Master Sheet Metal
  • *Master Steam Generator Boiler & Piping
  • *Master Transporting Assembly Install
  • *Master Transporting Assembly Maintenance & Service
  • *Master Warm Air Heating

Maintenance

  • *Building Maintenance
  • *Mechanical Maintenance
  • *Maintenance Electrician

Application Assistance

FLORIDA LICENSES & CORPORATIONS, INC./FLORIDA CONTRACTOR EXAM PREP SCHOOL provides application assistance for the following construction industry applications listed below.

Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment

Applications Required for Exam Categories

  • Exam Application
  • Exam Retake Application
  • Business Application (Post Exam)
  • Business Application (Sole Proprietorship/Fictitious Name)
  • Business Application (Corporation/LLC.)
  • Business Application (Partnership)

Applications Required for Non-Exam Categories

  • Personal Application
  • Business Application (Sole Proprietorship/Fictitious Name)
  • Business Application (Corporation/LLC.)
  • Business Application (Partnership)
  • Business Application (Change of Affiliation)
  • Inactive Status
  • Voluntary State Registration Form

Frequently asked questions:

“How can I become a Licensed Contractor in Miami-Dade County?”

You must have hands on work experience in the trade you are applying for. You must apply through the Miami Dade County Contractor Licensing Division Office. Once the appropriate forms and documentation have been submitted your application and all necessary supporting documents will be reviewed by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board which meets at the end of every month to approve/disapprove applicants applying to obtain their contractors license. If approved you will be required to submit Liability Insurance and Proof of Workers Compensation Coverage before a Contractors Certificate of Competency Card will be issued. For more information regarding applicant requirements or for application assistance please contact our offices.

“Am I Required To Provide My Own Credit Reports with my Business Application?”

No, Unlike Applications Submitted to The Florida State DBPR Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office provides credit reports through a Preferred County Vendor to be submitted to the Construction Trades Qualifying Board along with your business application. There is no additional fee for this service.

“How Long will it take for my application to be reviewed?”

Application review times vary. Many factors affect how long your license application process may take. Depending on the date your application is submitted, Board meeting date, and whether you are applying for a category that requires an exam are all factors that affect the length of time of your application review is in process In most cases non- exam categories receive a response within 30-45 working days.

“Am I Required To Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance?”

Yes, All Miami-Dade County Licensed contractors are required to carry Workers Compensation Insurance Or file for an exemption with Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Workers’ Compensation. An Original Miami-Dade County Contractor Certificate of Competency Card will not be issued without proof of Workers Compensation Exemption or Insurance. Notice:For your convenience both Workers Compensation Insurance and Workers Compensation Exemptions services are provided through our company. For more information or a free quote please contact our offices.

“Am I Required To Obtain Liability Insurance?”

Yes, All Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance/Public Works Construction License Applicants are required to obtain Commercial Liability Insurance. A copy of The Certificate of Liability Insurance will be required as proof of insurance to be submitted to The Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office once the application has been approved by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board. An Original Miami-Dade County Contractor Certificate Of Competency Card will not be issued without proof of Commercial Liability Insurance. For more information about Miami-Dade County license insurance limits and coverage requirements or information regarding the various types of insurances offered through our company please contact our offices.

“Will I be required to register my license locally?”

Yes, depending on your particular location. Certain Cities and Municipalities located throughout Miami-Dade County will require all Licensed Contractors conducting business or working in Miami-Dade County to obtain a local business tax receipt or (occupational license). Also you may be required to register your license within the city you are doing business and/or obtain a city license or (municipal license) in order to pull construction permits. Certificate of use/occupancy, DERM Permit, Home Office Permit, City Business License may also be required. If you are unsure what type of registration will be required for your business; Florida Licenses and Corporations offers business consulting and application assistance through our local office. For more information about local license requirements please contact your local government or contact our offices for assistance.

Florida Licenses & Corporations, Inc./Florida Contractor Exam Prep School is currently offering Local Business Licensing Assistance, Local Contractor Registration, and Local Construction Permit Expediting Services for the following areas in Miami-Dade County:

(A) Alameda Glenvar Heights Miami Springs (V) Venetian Islands
Allapattah Golden Beach (N) Normandy Victory Gardens
Andover Golden Glades Normandy Isle Virginia Gardens
Atlantic Heights (H) Hialeah North Bay Village (W) West Miami
Aventura Hialeah Gardens North Miami Westchester
(B)Bal Harbour Hialeah Lakes North Miami Beach Westview
Bay Harbor Islands Homestead (P)Palm Village  
Biscayne Park (I) Indian Creek Palmetto Bay  
Bright (K) Kendall Perrine  
Brownsville Key Biscayne Peters  
Buena Vista Keystone Islands Pinecrest  
Bunche Park (L) La Gorce Island Pinewood  
(C)Coconut Grove Little River Ponce  
Coral Bay Ludlam Princeton  
Coral Gables (M)Medley (R) Redlands  
Cutler Ridge Miami/South Miami (S)Sunny Isles  
Doral Miami Beach Sunset Island  
(E)Eastern Shores Miami Gardens Surfside  
(F)Fisher Island Miami Lakes Sweetwater  
Florida City Miami Park (T)Tamiami  
(G)Gladeview Miami Shores Treasure Island  

Additional Requirements for Miami-Dade County Licensed Contractors Continuing Education Requirements as stated by The Miami-Dade County Building Code

For local contractors and tradesmen, Chapter 10 of the Code of Miami Dade County requires that sixteen (16) hours of continuing education, approved by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board, be obtained as a condition of license renewal. The approved courses must be presented by Board approved Course Sponsors. Chapter 10 Sec 10.-13.1. states “Each Person who is certifies by the Board as a maintenance, journeyman, a master who is not also a qualifying agent, holders of a certificate of eligibility, or a qualifying agent not registered under F.S. 489, Part I or II in active status, must, as a condition of each renewal of the certificate after January 1, 1996, maintain proof of completion of continuing education hours in (1) or more courses approved by the Board in accordance with the rules adopted by the Board.” Continuing education is an obligation which pertains to professional contractors and tradesmen whether licensed by the State of Florida or Miami-Dade County. Continuing education is commonly viewed by local licensed construction professionals as one avenue for them to ensure that they can remain competitive by keeping up to date regarding issues that impact the dynamic and challenging construction industry. For your Convenience Florida Licenses & Corporations, Inc./Florida Contractor Exam Prep School offers monthly continuing education courses in English and Espanol for more information or to register for a course please contact our offices.

Useful Information for Applicants

Exam Information

Open Book Examinations for certificates of competency and eligibility are offered at a minimum of 3 times a year. For information regarding exam application experience requirements or exam book store locations please contact our offices or the Miami-Dade Contractor Licensing Division. If you are not sure what category your particular type of work falls under. Click below and view a detailed listing of The Scope of Work for each Category.

MONROE COUNTY BUSINESS & CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

This is only a Listing of Common Registrations some occupations require additional Licensing:

CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPLICATION

Categories Include:

SPECIALTY TRADES REQUIRING BUSINESS & LAW EXAMINATION ONLY: – MINIMUM OF 2-YEARS of field experience

Acoustical Ceilings Specialty Aluminum, Vinyl, and Plastic Specialty Asphalt Seal and Coating Specialty Cabinet & Millwork Specialty Drilling Auger Specialty Fence Erection Specialty Flooring Specialty (all types of floors except cementitious products, marble or terrazzo) Garage Door Opener/Installation Specialty Insulating Specialty Landscaping Specialty Landscaping Curb Specialty Masonry Specialty (Includes Brick Pavers) Painting & Decorating Specialty Painting of Sign Only Specialty Painting of Pavement Only Specialty Plastering/Stucco Specialty Solar Window Tinting Specialty Steel Reinforcing and Iron Specialty Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble Specialty (Includes Brick Pavers) Thatched Roofing Specialty – Non-structural Waterproofing and Roof Painting Specialty Welding Specialty – Certificate by the American Welding Society is required prior to obtaining license

LICENSE CATEGORIES REQUIRING BOTH BUSINESS & LAW AND TRADE EXAMINATION AS REQUIRED:

Class A Air Conditioning* 6 Years of field experience
Class B Air Conditioning* 6 Years of field experience
Drywall Contractor* 2 Years of field experience
Excavating & Grading Engineering Class II (e) 3 Years of field experience
General Contractor* 6 Years of field experience
Glazing Contractor 2 Years of field experience
Gunite and Sandblasting 2 Years of field experience
Hydraulic Dredging Engineering Class II (g) 3 Years of field experience
Journeyman Electrical*** 3 Years of field experience
Journeyman Mechanical*** 3 Years of field experience
Journeyman Plumbing*** 3 Years of field experience
Lawn Sprinkler Contractor 2 Years of field experience
Low Voltage Electrical Contractor (TV & Antenna)* 3 Years of field experience
Master Electrical** 6 Years of field experience
Master Mechanical** 6 Years of field experience
Master Plumbing** 6 Years of field experience
Master Sign Contractor, Electrical* 6 Years of field experience
Mechanical Contractor* 6 Years of field experience
Paving Engineering Class II (d) Contractor 3 Years of field experience
Pile Driving and Foundation Engineering Class II (b) 3 Years of field experience
Residential Contractor* 4 Years of field experience
Roofing Contractor* 4 Years of field experience
Seawall & Small Dock (Marine Const.) Eng. Class II (c) 3 Years of field experience
Sign Erection Contractor, Non-electrical 2 Years of field experience
Solar Products Contractor 2 Years of field experience
Structural Steel Erection Contractor 5 Years of field experience
Unlimited Swimming Pool Contractor (Comm/Res)* 2 Years of filed experience
Underground Utilities – COMING SOON 3 Years of field experience
Swimming Pool Servicing Contractor (Comm/Res)* 2 Years of field experience

 

All of the above licenses require a complete notarized application, notarized reference letter(s) clear on date-of-hire and job duties, and Contractors’ Examining Board (CEB) approval.

MONROE COUNTY CONSIDERS A 70% OR HIGHER AS PASSING

All Specialty applicant’s interested in conducting business in Monroe County must take the Business and Law examination, and when required the Trade examination in the applicant’s respective field, with the exception of journeyman electrical, journeyman mechanical, and journeyman plumbing. Applicants holding a Masters (electrical, mechanical, or plumbing)license only need to take the Business and Law examination if they want to be a contractor. If Business and Law examination is not taken, the applicant is prohibited from holding himself/herself as a contractor. *Categories with one (1) asterisk at the end of each trade require registration with Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) 850-487-1395 – www.myfloridalicense.com prior to qualifier conducting business in Monroe County. **Categories with two (2) asterisks at the end of each trade only need to take the Business and Law examination if they want to be a contractor. Masters are prohibited from holding himself/herself as a contractor. ***Categories with three (3) asterisks at the end of each trade do not need to take Business and Law examination. Journeymen are prohibited from holding himself/herself as a contractor. Click Here For Detailed Information Regarding Florida’s Construction Lien Law For assistance locating an attorney experienced in dealing with Lien Law matters please visit www.flabar.org

PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS & CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

This is only a Listing of Common Registrations some occupations require additional Licensing.

Business Tax Application (Occupational License)

Contractor Licensing Information

State Certified Contractor Registration Construction Permits Notice of Commencement

County Certification Programs:

The Special Act, Chapter 67-1876, Laws of Florida requires a CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY to advertise, bid, contract or perform any work in the following trades:

General Contractor Building Contractor Residential Contractor Plumbing Contractor Electrical Contractor HARV Contractor (Heating, A/C, Refrigeration & Ventilation) Acoustical/Suspended Acoust. Ceiling Aluminum Specialties Contractor Burglar Alarm-limited Contractor Carpentry Contractor Carpentry-Finish Contractor Communication & Sound Contractor Concrete Forming & Placing Contractor Decorative Metal Contractor Demolition Contractor Dredging and Land Filling Contractor Drywall Contractor Fabric Awnings Contractor Fence Contractor Garage Door Contractor Glass & Glazing Contractor Gunite Contractor High Press Gas Pipelines Contractor Hurricane Shutter/Awning Contractor Insulation Contractor Irrigation Sprinkler Contractor Lightning Protection Contractor Marine Contractor Masonry Contractor Painting Contractor Paver Brick/Paver Brick Systems Contractor Paving Contractor Plastering Contractor Reinforcing Steel Contractor Roofing Contractor Septic Tank Contractor Sign Contractor-Electrical Contractor Sign Contractor-Non-Electrical Contractor Structural Steel Contractor Swimming Pool Construction Contractor Swimming Pool Maintenance & Repair Cont. Tennis Court Contractor Tile, Terrazzo & Marble Contractor TV Antenna & Satellite Dish Contractor Underground/Overhead Trans Line Cont. Underground Utilities Contractor Window and Door Contractor

 

Journeyman Electrician and Journeyman Plumber applications are also available

EXPERIENCE PREREQUISITES – (HANDS ON EXPERIENCE)

General Contractor 5 years Supervisory
Building Contractor 4 years Supervisory
Residential Contractor 3 years Supervisory
Plumbing Contractor 7 years, 4 of which shall be as a Journeyman in a Supervisory capacity.
Electrical Contractor 7 years, 4 of which shall be as a Journeyman in a Supervisory capacity.
HARV Contractor 7 years Supervisory
Specialty Contractor 3  years, 1-1/2 years Supervisory

 

Please click on this link to read the scope of work for each trade in the County of Palm Beach County.