Pursuant to Florida State Statue and the Collier County Ordinance, any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity who engages in any construction contracting business, or advertises or represents himself/herself as such, must have a county contractor license/certificate of competency or be state-certified contractor. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO CONTRACT WITHOUT A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY!
HOMEOWNER AND CONSUMER INFORMATION
Are you considering remodeling your home, installing a pool or pool cage, building an addition, or having mechanical, electrical, or plumbing work done?
- The biggest protection against unsafe, faulty construction work is to make sure the contractor you hire has a license from either Collier County or the State of Florida. By using licensed contractors you can save yourself time, worry and money, and feel safe from injury.
- To find out more about licensed and unlicensed contractors, click the links below:
Licensing Status and Tracking:
If you want to check the status of a contractor, submit a complaint, or check the status of a complaint, please access our public portal at the link below.
In addition to the online portal mentioned above, you may submit a complaint via fax or email using the Contractor Complaint Form.
Handymen are not licensed contractors. Instead, they are required to have an occupational license issued by the Collier County Business Tax Office and may only provide the services indicated in the Maintenance License Can Do List.
Please contact the Business Tax Office at (239) 252-2477 for further details on what services handymen may and may not provide.
APPLICANTS FOR A COLLIER COUNTY CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY
Certification categories: For a list of trades requiring licensure within Collier County and the requisite years of experience, consult the Trades List. For further information on the experience requirements for each trade and the scope of work a licensed contractor in the trade is qualified to perform, refer to the Collier County Contractors’ Licensing Board Ordinance, Article V. Building Trades.
Sponsorship application: All applicants for a Collier County certificate of competency are required to apply for sponsorship with the county. The sponsorship application is available here. The $130.00 examination fee is due at the time of sponsorship application. The application and fee are valid for 6 months and are nonrefundable and not transferrable. Please include a copy of your driver’s license along with the sponsorship application and fee.
Test agencies: Collier County recognizes three testing agencies: GITS, Prometric, and Prov. More information about each, including the trade examinations offered, is given on the individual agency pages listed below. Please contact the test agencies directly for information on study materials and test dates and locations. Note that some specialties require a Business and Law exam only, while others must complete and pass both the Business and Law exam and a Trade exam.
Submitting the application: After the exam(s) is taken and passed with a score of 75% or greater, you may submit an application for a Collier County certificate of competency. Applications may be obtained in person, or via email, fax, phone request, or via the links provided below.
Applications for Collier County Certificate of Competency
Collier County Ordinance No. 2006-46, as amended, states that in order to obtain a certificate of competency an applicant must prove practical experience in his or her trade, plus other requirements (i.e. insurance, credit report(s), etc.). Please understand that if you fail to meet these requirements, your application will be referred to the contractor licensing board for full review and your application could be disqualified, even though you may have passed the exam(s).
Renewal: County licenses expire on September 30 every year! Renewals will be mailed in mid-August.
State-Certified Contractors: How to Register
All state-certified contractors may complete the voluntary registration form and submit a $45.00 fee to register with Collier County. The registrant will be able to call in or use the online portal to pull E-permits and order inspections within the county. Registration renewals are based on the expiration date indicated on the state license.
Application to qualify second entity: This application must be completed by contracting entities that are requesting to qualify a second entity or requesting a change to an existing second entity qualification. The applicant and presidents/partners/owners of all companies involved must sign the application.
Journeyman application: This application requires verification of competency and 10 years of experience in the electrical, plumbing, or mechanical trades.
To obtain a Maintenance License, "Handyman", please contact the Business Tax Office (Occupational) at (239) 252-2477. Note: Please review the link provided, and be advised that items not mentioned on the list may require you to contact the Contractor Licensing Office for further information or direction. Maintenance License Can Do List
Contractor License Ordinances:
Hours of Operation: 8 am – 5 pm, Monday - Friday
Contact us: Contractor Licensing Tel.: (239) 252-2431 Fax: (239) 252-2469
After Hours Contractor Complaint Line: (239) 252-5607
2800 N. Horseshoe Dr., Naples, FL 34104
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