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UNLICENSED WORK

Why hire a licensed pool contractor to build your pool or make any repairs?

  • The state of Florida requires a license to build or repair pools; you can confirm licenses and read information on licensing at www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
      • A licensed person has the required education, experience, insurance and qualifications to obtain a license.  They must pass a competency examination before practicing.
      • Licensed individuals are screened for prior criminal history.
      • The department can discipline and even revoke a license if the person does not live up to professional standards.  This is a not a total safeguard, but is a strong incentive for the licensee to do good work.
      • You may be able to sue the licensee in civil court for problems related to the work done.
  • Non-licensed contractors may not be insured, leaving you liable for any injuries or damages.  There may be little recourse if you have issues with non-licensed contractors since the state isn’t governing their actions.

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See what a contractors’ license looks like and other certificates that are NOT licenses.  An occupational license / business tax ID is not a contractors license.  A CPO or CPT certificate is not a contractors’ license.

Non-licensed contractors performing work which requires a license can be reported to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Call the DBPR’s toll-free hotline 866-532-1440 or e-mail ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us (report is forwarded to local office / investigator). A list of regulation offices can be found at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/contact.html

Download the DBPR app to make reports quickly and easily.

Types of Licenses

There are four swimming pool contractor licenses.  More detailed descriptions can be found here.

    • Commercial pool/spa contractor:  They can repair, build/install and service residential and commercial pools and spas.
    • Residential pool/spa contractor: They can repair, build/install and service residential pools and spas (not commercial).
    • Swimming pool/spa servicing contractor: They can repair and service (not build) commercial and residential pools and spas.
    • Residential pool/spa servicing specialty contractor:  They can repair and service (not build) residential pools and spas (not commercial).

Here is a contractor’s license.  Scroll down to see other items that are NOT licenses!

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Contractor’s License

 

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Contractor’s license wallet card

 

 

 

 

 

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NOT A LICENSE: CPT certificate. A CPO certificate is similar. Neither is a license.

 

 

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