FYI: Contractor Compliance/Tracking

Hiring without Hesitation?

Do you know for certain that you have hired a “Licensed” Contractor? It just takes a few minutes to check. Click on the LAKE COUNTY “Interactive” button to the right, just to be sure 🙂 Just type in the Company Name. ( For example: John Harts Irrigation ) An “Active” STATE LICENSE or “ACTIVE” COMPETENCY CARD is verification that the business you are inquiring about is in compliance with Lake County, If you’re still unsure if a business is in an “Active” status of compliance, you can also call the Lake County building department

(Example of what a Competency Card looks like)

September 30th is the deadline and time of year for Lake County registered contractors to renew or update their licenses. All registered Irrigation businesses, Electricians, Plumbers, and Air Conditioning contractors only need to update their paperwork. (Contractor Continue Education Certificate, original bond, liability insurance and workers compensation coverage or current workers compensation exemption). All other registered contractors will need to renew their competence card every two years. Submitting the needed paperwork listed above along with the $100.00 renewal fee. (Registered contractors can renew August 1st or after. But the Competence card’s expiration date is Sept. 30th)

To all local Registered Concrete, Masonary, Marine, Carpentry, Sign, Aluminum Erection, Siding, Stucco, and Irrigation Contractors: Just a reminder that before you renew your license this September, you will be required to provide us with a copy of your certificates of completion of your 14 hours of continuing education. These certificates must be approved by the state and have a ceu approval number on the certificate. After submitting this along with other required paperwork, including an “Active” local license to Lake County the contractor will be issued an “Active Competency Card with an assigned four digit number typically.” This card is confirmation that you are in compliance with Lake County.


Sec. 6-85. – Continuing education.

Any contractor holding a local license with Lake County must complete the continuing education requirements before his or her local license will be renewed. If a contractor is on an inactive status with Lake County, the contractor must complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education before renewing their license on an active status.

For more information, call the Lake County Building Division.

Contractor Certification

The purpose of Contractor Certification is to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Lake County through a contractor’ certification and regulation system; to assure compliance with the State and County construction licensing regulations; and to minimize losses to the public due to unlawful conduct of both certified and uncertified contractors.

Contractors who wish to obtain building permits in Lake County may do so if they hold a State of Florida Certificate of Competency, (State Certified), or are registered with the State (State Registered) through Lake County, or who hold a Lake County local license Certificate of Competency.

A certificate of competency is required for the following trades:

General Contractor
Building Contractor
Residential Contractor
Master Electrical Contractor
Master Plumbing/gas Contractor
Mechanical Contractor
Class A Air Conditioning Contractor
Class B Air Conditioning Contractor
Roofing Contractor
Sheet Metal Contractor
Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor
Residential Pool/Spa Contractor
Swimming Pool Maintenance & Repair Contractor
Underground Utility Excavation Contractor

Alarm System Contractor I
Alarm System Contractor II
Low Voltage
Aluminum Specialties Contractor
Burglar Alarm and Fire Alarm
Carpentry Contractor
Concrete Contractor
Irrigation/Sprinkler Contractor
Masonry Contractor
Marine Contractor
Sign Contractor, Electrical
Vinyl Contractor Solar Contractor

AS of September 21, 2020 Contractors no longer are required to have a business tax reciept (Business License) INSTEAD…Contractors will be REQUIRED to hold an “Active” (Blue) COMPETENCY CARD.

Important notice for

Lake CountyContractors

Dear Lake County Contractors,

Lake County no longer requires a business tax receipt as part of your Lake County registration.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please contact us via phone 352-343-9653 ext. 5 or email if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Lake County Office of Building Services

In Case You Weren’t Aware:

Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors potentially face several costly penalties. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation can issue an order to stop construction and can levy a $5,000 fine for aiding and abetting unlicensed contractors.

(Lake Interactive Button)

To Learn more or to contact Lake County to be certain that you have hired a “Licensed” Contractor? It just takes a few minutes to check. Click on the LAKE COUNTY “Interactive” button Above.

If you are informed the company, you are inquiring about is in an “Active” status; then you are working with a Licensed Contractor.


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Last Updated 2023.