TAVARES – With hurricane season underway, Lake County’s Building Services Division wants to remind residents to protect themselves from unlicensed contractor scams, both before and after a storm.
“Whether a home or business is in need of maintenance in preparation of hurricane season or repairs due to hurricane damage, citizens will likely need to hire a construction contractor to get the job done,” said Joann Sala, licensing investigator with Building Services. “The first step is to know the common storm-related services that require state licensing.”
Roof repairs, roof installations, window installations, plumbing repairs and electrical repairs or rewiring all require a state license with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR.) Common storm-related services that do not require state licensure include trimming or removal of fallen trees, removal of debris or placement of tarps on roofs.
“Most construction contractors in Florida require licensure with DBPR, and it’s essential that families understand the ways to protect themselves from unlicensed individuals posing as licensed professionals,” Sala added.
Lake County Building Services offers an online contractor search available at: www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/growth_management/building_services/contractor_certification/contractor_tracking.aspx. Citizens may also call 352-343-9653 for more information.
For the full list of construction industry services that DBPR licenses and regulates, visit www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html.