Frequently Asked Questions
For common questions regarding building permits please visit our Building Inspection Frequently Asked Questions page.
News from Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Certification of Registered Contractor’s Licenses (Grandfathering)
House Bill 897, which passed during the 2012 legislative session, was approved by Governor Rick Scott on May 4, 2012. This bill will re-open and extend the time period for contractors to request that their registered contractor’s license be grandfathered to a state wide certified contractor’s license. The time period requesting grandfathering of registered licenses has been extended until November 1, 2015. The re-opening of the grandfathering time period will take effect on October 1, 2012. Registered contractors may submit their application for grandfathering of their licenses beginning October 1, 2012.
Please see our Grandfathering FAQs for more information.
Construction Industry Licensing Board
Applications for Grandfathering
CILB 29 - Certification of Registered Contractor (Grandfathering) as an Individual
CILB 30 - Certification of Registered Contractor (Grandfathering) Qualifying Business
CILB 31 - Certification of Registered Contractor (Grandfathering) Qualify Additional Business Entity
Please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulations at 850-487-1395 or visit their website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html for additional information.
Important Information (Hot Topics)
2012 Grandfathering Changes Do Not Apply to Electrical Contractors
There appears to be some confusion over the availability of grandfathering with the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board. There were no legislative changes to Chapter 489, Part II, Florida Statutes, to allow for grandfathering of registered electrical contractors’ licenses. There was a statutory change that allowed grandfathering under Chapter 489, Part I, Florida Statutes, affecting registered contractors with the Construction Industry Licensing Board.
We understand that some licensees have received letters from county building departments that they can grandfather their registered electrical contractor’s license. These letters are incorrect and there is no grandfathering for registered electrical contractors at this time.
If you are interested in becoming certified you may file an application to take the examination. Applications may be found at Apply For/Update License > Electrical Contractors.
Building Inspection Reports
Reports are issued weekly and published online for citizen and business perusal. Also, you can view the yearly new construction reports.
Important Phone Numbers
Inspection Requests: 850-891-1800
Permit Information: 850-891-7125
Water & Sewer: 850-891-7064
Also, learn more about our Interactive Voice Response System to get building inspections done faster!