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Unlicensed Contracting Can Be a Felony
Effective Date: 9/6/2017
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A reminder on the regulations surrounding unlicensed contracting in Charlotte County.

Per Florida Statute 489.127(2)(c): “Any unlicensed person who commits a violation of subsection (1) during the existence of a State of Emergency declared by executive order of the Governor commits a felony of the third degree.”

A State of Emergency was declared by Governor Scott on September 4, 2017. Any person holding themselves out as a contractor without the correct licensure, may be charged with a felony.

This applies to all types of construction – not just that which is associated with repairs due to a tropical storm or hurricane and is in addition to the regular penalties incurred by unlicensed individuals acting in the capacity of a contractor.

Allowing an unlicensed person to perform work on your property puts you, as the owner, at risk. They are unable to obtain workers compensation coverage or general liability insurance and are unable to obtain permits for the work they are doing. Should injuries occur at the site, the owner may be liable for the injuries, and any work performed without a permit, may not be covered by your insurance company in the event of future claims.

Anyone coming into the area wanting to work as a contractor should first contact the Charlotte County Community Development Department for more information. This applies to ALL licensed contractors – all contractors working in the county MUST register with the county prior to contracting for work.

For more information about whether a person is licensed and registered as a contractor in Charlotte County, or to notify us of possible unlicensed activity, please contact the Charlotte County Community Development Department at 941.743.1201 or BuildingConstruction@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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