Hiring a Florida Keys Building Contractor

BEFORE YOU HIRE A BUILDING CONTRACTOR

 

Protect Yourself and Your Home !

 

Hire a Licensed Contractor !

 

Did you know that Monroe County requires all contractors to hold a Certificate of Competency (a-k-a Contractor's License) in their trade, as well as Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance?

 

Did you know there is NO "Handyman"license in Monroe County? Here are some of the reasons why you should always hire a licensed contractor:    

 

If the work performed by the unlicensed contractor is unsafe, does not meet code, or is left unfinished, you may have no recourse-

 

If the unlicensed contractor or his employee(s) is/are injured on your property, you may be liable-

 

By hiring an unlicensed contractor you are subject to a citation in the amount of $150-00 for aiding and abetting unlicensed activity-

 

The unlicensed contractor is subject to a citation in the amount of $500-00 for not having a Certificate of Competency and/or proper insurance as required under Monroe County law-

 

Your project will be stopped, and if applicable, after-the-fact fines may be assessed for work done without benefit of a permit-

 

Don't confuse an "occupational license" for a Certificate of Competency-  If your contractor is licensed, they will be able to provide you with proof, and be happy to do so-

 

THE FOLLOWING TRADES REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY

(A CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE):

 

Acoustical ceiling

Aluminum specialties

Asphalt sealing and coating

Burglar alarms

Cabinet and millwork

Demolition

Drilling auger

Drywall

Fence erection

Fire alarm

Flooring

Garage door opener/installation

Glazing

Heating, ventilation and A/C duct installation

House setter

Insulation

Landscaping

Lawn sprinkler

Low voltage

Masonry

Mobile home maintenance and repair

Mobile home set-up and tie-down

Painting and decorating

Plastering

Satellite, TV antenna, telephone and other communications equipment installation

Septic tank cleaning

Sign electrician

Sign erection

Solar window tinting

Steel reinforcing and iron

Tile, marble and terrazzo

Waterproofing and roof painting

 

If you are unsure about whom you're hiring, or need to check a license, please contact any of the following offices:

 

Monroe County Building Department

Marathon: 305-289-2583

Plantation Key: 305-852-7100

Stock Island: 305-292-4490

 

Monroe County Code Enforcement

Marathon: 305-289-2819

Plantation Key: 305-852-7135

Stock Island: 305-292-4495