If you have any type of contractor’s license, listen up! Being paid to use your contractor’s license to pull a permit for others may sound like a profitable proposition but is a transaction fraught with risk and one that you should avoid. The Florida Legislature enacted Section 489 to protect the public health, safety and welfare by requiring significant construction work be performed by licensed contractors. To ensure that work is completed by licensed contractors, Section 489, Florida Statutes, provides that certain acts, such as “renting your license,” may be prosecuted as crimes and the Construction Industry Licensing Board has multiple sanctions as its disposal. You, the licensed contractor, must have a contract to perform the work specified in the permit you pull; otherwise you are “renting your license.”
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