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A CONTRACTOR MUST list their license numbers in all forms of advertisements and on their business cards, contracts, invoices and proposals.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulates CONTRACTOR LICENSE numbers beginning with a “C” or "EC".

Charlotte County regulates CONTRACTOR LICENSE numbers beginning with an “R” or “AAA”.

Sarasota County regulates CONTRACTOR LICENSE numbers beginning with an “R” or “S”.

A person holding a LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT (numbers only) as a “HANDYMAN” cannot perform any phases of construction. They can only perform work such as re-screening, mowing lawns, carpet and linoleum installation, changing door locks and light bulbs, cleaning gutters, window tinting.

A person contracting without being licensed as a contractor can be charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor for the 1st offense and a 3rd degree felony for any offense after being found guilty of unlicensed contracting.

Contracting without a license during a STATE OF EMERGENCY is a felony in the third degree.

Is It Worth It?

Chapter 489.103 (7), Florida Statutes: Owners of property must supervise the work being performed.  Any person working on your building who is not licensed must be employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers’ compensation for that employee.

Without workers’ compensation insurance, you could be held liable for injuries received on your property. Typically, your homeowners’ insurance policy will not honor your claim if the work being performed required a licensed contractor. You could end up responsible for thousands of dollars of medical bills.

Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also a crime.

Chapter 455.227, Florida Statutes: Any person who knowingly aides, assists, procures, employs or advises an unlicensed individual can be charged with a first degree misdemeanor and may face fines of up to $5,000 for each offense.

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