Florida Business Licensing Information for Contractors


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Contractor’s License Requirements in Florida

In the state of Florida, those individuals or businesses that wish to obtain a contractor’s license can do so using the website for the Construction Industry Licensing Board. This website licenses many different professions, businesses and occupations in the state of Florida.

The application requirements are listed on the Board’s website and the fee is $249, but is subject to change based on when the application is completed. You can use the printable application provided and it must be mailed to the following address:

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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Florida Business Licensing for Electricians

Electrical Contractor and Electrician Licenses in Florida

In Florida, licenses are available for Certified Electrical Contractor. Information on these licenses is provided by the state’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation. There is a downloadable application packet that can be printed and used.

The application fee is $316.25 and should be made payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Completed applications should be mailed to the following address:

Department of Business and Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Business Licensing Information for Plumbers in Florida

In order to do plumbing work in the state of Florida, the state requires you to have a license. On the website for the Construction Industry Licensing Board, plumbers can access information on applying to become a plumber, rules and regulations, and the plumbing code. The requirements are listed along with a linked printable PDF of the application. The current fee for licensure is $249, but is subject to change depending on the date of the exam’s completion.

Additional Business Licensing for All Businesses in Florida

Business and Occupational Licenses

Information for business and occupational licenses in the state of Florida can be obtained from the state’s website directly. There are many professions in Florida that require licensure by businesses operating in the state.

Florida Business Tax Information

Business Tax Registration

Any business operating in the state of Florida must register for a tax identification number, licenses or applicable permits, sales tax accounts and unemployment insurance tax using the website for the state’s Department of Revenue. To determine your tax liability or to make online payments, consult the website linked.

This website can also be used for general tax information and forms related to taxes.

Insurance Requirements for Businesses in Florida

Unemployment Tax Requirements

Unemployment insurance is required to be paid by every business operating in Florida. This process is managed and regulated by the state’s Department of Revenue. In addition, employers and businesses can use the Re-employment section of the website to register the business, pay premiums and report wages.

Under certain conditions, your business may need to remit payment for unemployment insurance taxes.

Workers’ Compensation Requirements

With very few exceptions, employers in the state of Florida who employ more than one worker must get and maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Using the Division of Workers’ Compensation website, you can obtain coverage, report your intent to self-insure and verify that a company has the necessary insurance to meet the state’s requirements.

Under the law, the premiums paid for this type of insurance coverage is always paid for by the employer and should never be deducted from the employee’s earnings.

For more information, contact can be made with the Workers’ Compensation Division using the address below:

Workers’ Compensation

200 East Gaines Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318

New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in Florida

Reporting New Hires

Under federal law, employers are required to report newly hired employees within 20 days of their hire date. The following information can be reported using the New Hire Reporting Center through the Department of Revenue:

  • Employee’s name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Hire date
  • Employer’s name
  • Payroll address
  • Federal identification number (FEIN)

Employers may use the website for reporting, fax the information to 850-656-0528 or by sending it to the following address:

Florida New Hire Reporting Center

P.O. Box 6500

Tallahassee, FL 32314-6500

 

Licensed Contractors in Florida

To verify licensure in the state of Florida, you can use the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website. Through this site, you can search by name, license number, city/county, or license type.