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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Sub Contractors

It is a current practice for some contractors to pull permits and perform work under their license and hire subcontractors for the work without notifying the Building Department. This happens in several different trades, but mostly

It is a current practice for some contractors to pull permits and perform work under their license and hire subcontractors for the work without notifying the Building Department. This happens in several different trades, but mostly with roofing work and general carpentry.

When building a new building, we will typically get a list of subs. If this list has changed during the work, please update your sub list accordingly. If pulling trade permits, such as a roofing permit for example, and you plan to use a subcontractor, you must provide us with this information. Without this information, and if an unlicensed sub is found performing the work, the work will be stopped as we are required to do per Florida Statute 489. If we cannot identify a subcontractor by company trucks or other identifying means on a job site, we may ask for verification on site.

General Building Contractors who self-perform their work need to provide the Department with a worker’s comp certificate that indicates coverage for your employees. If a contractor has only a worker’s comp exemption on file with the department and has workers who are not subs performing work which requires licensure under 489, the work will get stopped for unlicensed contracting.

Please make sure employees are properly classified, insured, and covered with workers comp. If using subs, please verify they are properly licensed under 489 and provide the Building Department an accurate sub list. Subcontractors are required to be registered with the City.

With the high volume of work currently taking place, some contractors are hiring unlicensed contractors in the City. The City will enforce the State law when we become aware of this practice taking place by stopping the work. Repeated violations will be promptly reported to the State and Workers comp. unlicensed contracting also carries a potential fine of up to $2,000 per local ordinance and State law.

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