Pulling Owner/Builder Permits is Risky Business
If you do not intend to do the work yourself and have been asked by someone without a contractor's license to pull the permit, you are at risk of harm both by penalty and injury.
Chapter 489.103(7), Florida Statutes: Owners of property must supervise the work being performed. Any person working on your building who is not licensed must be employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers' compensation for that employee.
Without workers' compensation insurance, you could be held liable for injuries received on your property. Typically, your homeowners' insurance policy will not honor your claim if the work being performed required a licensed contractor. You could end up responsible for thousands of dollars of medical bills.
Not only is it dangerous, but it's also a crime.
Chapter 455.227, Florida Statues: Any person who knowingly aids, assists, procures, employs or advises an unlicensed individual can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and may face fines of up to $5,000 for each offense.
Please choose the permit type below to find out what you will need to begin your project.
- Above Ground Pools
- Accessory Structure - Residential
- Aluminum Enclosure
- Building Addition
- Building Commercial - new construction
- Building Interior/Exterior Alteration
- Commercial - Interior/Exterior Alterations
- Commercial Accessory Structure
- Commercial Addition
- Demolition -Commercial
- Detached Residential Building Addition
- Fence- Commercial
- Garage Door
- Hurricane Shutter
- Landscape - commercial
- Lot Clearing (vacant property)
- Lot Regrading (non-vacant property)
- Mechancial (HVAC Unit)
- Patio / Slab - commercial
- Patio/Slab - NON structural
- Patio/Slab - structural
- Plumbing - commercial
- Right of Way Beautification
- Roof - commercial
- Shed - GREATER than 120 square feet
- Shed- 120 square feet or LESS
- Siding - Exterior Siding / Cladding / Veneers
- Single Family Residence
- Solar Water Heater
- Stucco - Exterior Plaster / Stucco and Exterior Insulating and Finish Systems (EIFS)
- Swimming Pool
- Tree Removal
- Wall - commercial
- Water Heater
- Water Heater - commercial
- Window/Door - commercial
How do I make changes/revisions ?
- If you need to make changes, regardless whether the permit is issued yet or not, a revision form will need to accompany your documents.
- If you submitted electronically, you will resubmit your document electronically through the same portal.
- If you submitted manually, you must continue through the manual submittal process.
- All revisions/documents submitted via email are to be separate pages, do not send as one large file.
Florida Homeowners' Construction Recovery Fund
For questions or assistance with this program, you must contact the State directly or contact a lawyer. The Florida Homeowners' Construction Recovery Fund is a fund of last resort that is available to a natural person who has suffered monetary damages by the financial mismanagement or misconduct of a contractor, and who has exhausted all other resources of payment. The Construction Industry Licensing Board makes the determination of eligibility for an award.
Keep Your Home Safe
The My Safe Florida Home program is working with local governments and the Volunteer Florida Foundation to offer low-income homeowners an opportunity to strengthen their homes against natural disasters. For more information please visit www.mysafeflorida.org/mysafefloridahome.html.