Any person engaging in contracting services in the State of Florida must be currently registered, certified, or possess a certificate of authority through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). A violation of this requirement is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The licensing rules still apply during a state of emergency; however, the penalty for performing unlicensed contracting services during one is more severe. Under Florida Statute 489.127, anyone providing unlicensed contracting services during a state of emergency commits a felony of the third degree.
We advise contractors to abstain from contracting if you do not have a license or if your license is not current with the DBPR.
For more advice on preparing for a Hurricane Matthew, contact us today at 813.579.3278.