Contractor License Category Preemption

The Florida Legislature approved House Bill HB735, which preempts local occupational licenses to the State, effective July 1, 2021. HB735 provides that occupational licenses issued by local jurisdictions, including those related to construction-related occupations, will be prohibited after July 1, 2023.

A jurisdiction having construction related licensing requirements prior to 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, expiration date.

Further, any permit pulled with these licenses must be closed prior to June 30, 2023.

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