According to Section 489.113 of the Florida Statutes, any person engaging in contracting in Florida must first show that they are competent and qualified in the trade they are seeking to do business in. Individuals must undergo proper examinations to obtain a registration, certification, or license. Specialty contractors may be certified under the section; however, specific stipulations must be adhered to. This article will provide a basic overview of Construction Industry Licensing Board requirements for irrigation contractors.
What is an Irrigation Specialty Contractor?
Irrigation specialty contractors specialize in the installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, extending, management, monitoring, and auditing of residential and commercial irrigation systems. This may also include designing systems and performing excavation work. Contractors must be skilled and competent in areas including:
- Sprinkler irrigation installation and repair
- Drip and low emittance
- Moisture and rain sensors
- Valve location
- Irrigation controllers and control wiring
- Rain sensors
- Conservation devices
- Harvesting systems
- Backflow prevention
Irrigation contractors in Florida are offered a voluntary license in lieu of obtaining an irrigation contractors certificate or a certified plumbing contractor license as long as the contractor undergoes the state test and pays the applicable fees. This voluntary license exempts them from local irrigation contracting licenses. Obtaining this license does not create a mandatory licensing requirement. Irrigation contractors are then permitted to contract in Florida within the scope of their specialty. Contractors must still pay required permitting and occupational fees.
To become licensed, irrigation contractors must be 18 years or older and have at least four years of experience in the category for which they are seeking licensure.They must also have at least one year of experience as a foreman. Interested contractors must also pass the certified irrigation specialty contractors exam and must show good character and financial stability.
Abiding by Florida licensing regulations is a must. Failing to obtain proper credentials will result in cease and desist orders and other fines and penalties. If you have questions about licensing requirements or are experiencing a legal issue revolving around licensing, please contact one of our Orlando construction attorneys immediately.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.