The Purpose of a Contractor License
Home improvements and repairs can pose many difficult problems and potentially lead to complaints for consumers. We regulate all trades and occupations associated with the installation, repair, alteration, design or modification of electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems; building construction industry; and engineered construction, as mandated by the Florida Statutes and Chapter 9 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances. We issue Certificates of Competency to over 12,000 tradespeople who contract with individuals for construction projects throughout Broward County.
The purpose of contractor licensing regulations is to protect the life, health, safety, property and public welfare of Broward County residents. These regulations promote a marketplace where construction activities are performed by qualified and licensed contractors according to current laws and Florida Building Codes. The Ordinance provides for a uniform central process for examination, certification and regulation of all individuals or business organizations who engage in these trades.
Changes to Contractor Licensing due to Florida House Bill HB735
The Florida Legislature approved House Bill HB735, which preempts local occupational licenses to the State of Florida, effective July 1, 2021. House Bill HB735 provides that occupational licenses issued by local jurisdictions, including those related to construction occupations, will be prohibited after July 1, 2023.
A jurisdiction having construction-related licensing requirements before January 1, 2021, can continue to license construction-related occupations until July 1, 2023; however, such licensing requirements cannot be modified, and no additional requirements can be added.
Therefore, between now and June 30, 2023, applicants seeking a new license or renewal for those construction-related specialty licenses will be issued a license or have their prior license renewed with an expiration date of July 1, 2023. Accordingly, the license fee will be prorated to cover only the licensure period between the date of issuance or renewal and the statutory July 1, 2023, end date.
Remaining Contractor Licenses NOT affected by HB735
Below is a list of contractor licenses that are not affected by the new House Bill HB735 regulation and will continue to be issued by Broward County.
Alarm System Contractor I
Alarm System Contractor II
Class “A” Air Conditioning Contractor
Class “B” Air Conditioning Contractor
Class "A" General Building Contractor (or General Contractor)
Class "B" General Building Contractor (or Building Contractor)
Class "C" Residential Building Contractor (or Residential Contractor)
Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor - Class "CPC"
Demolition (Non-explosive) Contractor - Class "D"
Master Electrician/Electrical Contractor
Drywall and Lathing - Class DL
Glazing Contractor - Class "G"
Irrigation Specialty Contractor
Light Marine - Class “C”
Limited Energy Systems Specialty Contractor
Residential Pool/Spa Contractor - Class "RP"
Roofing Contractor - Class "R"
Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor - Class "SP"
Underground and Aerial Utility Transmission and Distribution Lines - Class “1C-B”
Underground Utility & Excavation Contractor - Class “1A-A”
Remaining Journeyman Licenses NOT affected by HB735
Below is a list of journeyman licenses that are not affected by the new House Bill HB735 regulation and will continue to be issued by Broward County.
Permitting Questions due to HB735
For permitting questions and licensing requirements, please use the corresponding links below:
|BROWARD MUNICIPAL SERVICES DISTRICT|
Formerly known as Unincorporated Broward County
|Phone: 954-765-4400 ext. 1|
|Building Code Division and Permits|
4800 W. Copans Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33063
9090 S.W. 50 Place, P.O. Box 290910, Cooper City, FL 33329
|Phone: 954-434-4300||Building Division|
9550 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065
100 W. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach, FL 33004
|Phone: 954-924-6805||Building Division|
6591 Orange Drive, Davie, FL 33314
150 N.E. Second Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
100 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
400 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
|Phone: 954-457-1489||Building Division Services|
1210 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062
2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33022
4501 Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
4300 N.W. 36 St., Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313
2200 N.E. 38 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
|Building and Zoning|
5790 Margate Blvd., Margate, FL 33063
2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
|Building Planning and Zoning|
701 S.W. 71 Ave., North Lauderdale, FL 33068
|Phone: 954-724-7069||Community Development|
3650 N.E. 12 Ave., Oakland Park, FL 33334
|Building and Permitting Services Division|
6600 University Drive, Parkland, FL 33067
3150 S.W. 52 Ave., Pembroke Park, FL 33023
|Phone: 754-232-1627||Building Department|
10100 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
400 N.W. 73 Ave., Plantation, FL 33317
100 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060
|Phone: 954-786-4669||Building Division|
|SEA RANCH LAKES|
1 Gatehouse Road, Sea Ranch Lakes, FL 33308
6589 S.W. 160 Ave., Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
|Phone: 954-434-0008||Building Permitting and Inspections|
10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33351
7525 N.W. 88 Ave., Tamarac, FL 33321
|Permits and Inspections|
1965 S. State Road 7, West Park, FL 33023
|Phone: 954-989-2688 opt. 9 ext. 210|
Weston City Hall
17200 Royal Palm Blvd., Weston, FL 33326
|Building Code Services|
Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
|Phone: 954-390-2180||Construction and Development Resources|
Frequently Asked Questions due to HB735
Frequently asked questions and answers in response to the changed being made with House Bill HB735. If your question is not answered here, please submit it to BCSDCL@broward.org.
Question: If my license category is being eliminated on July 1, 2023, am I required to obtain another license to perform the same scope of work?
Answer: You will only need to obtain another license if the scope of work requires a building permit.
Question: Are there any other options for licensing and where can I find information?
Will license renewals be prorated
Answer: Yes. Renewal fees in 2022 will be prorated for the nine months the license will be in effect.
Question: After July 1, 2023, will you need a contractor’s license to obtain a permit?
Answer: Yes. You will need to have a license issued by Broward County or the State of Florida specific to the category for which a permit is required.
Question: Does this change mean that all specialty licenses will no longer exist after July 2023? If so, will all specialty contractors go out of business?
No. There will still be a limited number of specialty licenses issued by Broward County and the State of Florida. View the list of remaining specialty licenses
on our webpage.
Question: Will permits be needed for work in these categories after July 2023?
Yes, if the scope of work requires a building permit. House Bill HB735
does not affect building permit requirements. Check with your local municipality where the permit is to be obtained for more information.
Question: What does it mean to be licensed with the State of Florida?
Answer: License by the state means the state approved and issued that license.
Question: What does it mean to be registered with the State of Florida?
Registered means you have a county-issued license that is substantially equal to the scope of work of a license issued by the state, therefore you must register this license with the state as defined in 489.105(3)(a) - (o) and (q)
or authorized in s. 489.1455(1)
Question: Who should I contact to register my license with the State of Florida?
Question: What happens if my permit does not obtain a final inspection approval and expires after July 1, 2023?
Answer: The permit must be reissued and can only be reissued to licensed contractors. Check with the municipality where the permit was obtained for specific requirements.
Question: How will I know which municipality requires permits for projects using affected specialty licenses and which does not?
Answer: You must contact the municipality’s / building department where the work is being performed for their permit requirements.
Notice to Members of the Public
If you wish to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission, as applicable, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, you will need a record of the proceedings . You may thus need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Broward County Code of Ordinances: Chapter 9: Contractors