The purpose of this notice is to inform the building industry, and other interested persons, about a change Florida law regarding the collection of a fee for registering licenses and associated insurance with local jurisdictions.
On July 1, 2016 HB 535 enacted a provision to Florida law whereby local jurisdictions could no longer require a fee for handling paperwork for state certified contractor licensing and insurance as follows:
(7) (d) The local enforcement agency may not require the payment of any additional fees, charges, or expenses associated with:
1. Providing proof of licensure pursuant to chapter 489;
2. Recording or filing a license issued pursuant to this chapter; or,
3. Providing, recording, or filing evidence of workers’ compensation insurance coverage as required by chapter 440.
Therefore, effective immediately, this fee will no longer be charged by the Community Development Department. State certified contractors who paid the bi-annual fee on or after July 1, 2016 will receive a check in the mail.