Unlicensed Contracting During State of Emergency
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.
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