Contractors Certification

 

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  • What is our Address, Phone and Fax Number?
    Answer:

    2300 N Jog Road, Suite 2W-61, West Palm Beach, FL 33411-2741
    Phone (561) 233-5525
    Fax (561) 233-5554


  • How do I get to the office?
    Answer:

    We are located on Jog Road about 1 block north of Okeechobee Boulevard on the east side of the road.


  • How do I get an application for a Contractor License?
    Answer:

    You can visit our website at http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors or by visiting our office.


  • Do I need to complete the whole application?
    Answer:

    Yes, the entire application must be completed and turned in with all required documentation as per instructions. (use the checklist in package)


  • When does the application need to be submitted?
    Answer:

    A completed application with supporting documentation must be filed by the 1st Friday of the month to be considered for that months Board approval.


  • Can I mail the application?
    Answer:

    Yes, the application with supporting documentation can be mailed to our office .


  • Can someone review the application if brought into the office?
    Answer:

    Yes, by calling (561) 233-5528 and scheduling an appointment. Application must be complete with supporting documentation, to include credit reports, sent to our office from the credit reporting agency prior to visit, and proof of a background check submittal.


  • How long does the licensing process take?
    Answer:

    ​30 to 90 days depending on when you turn in your completed application with required documentation, and successfully completing required exams.


  • Can I take the test before the application?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, you can contact the testing agencies and take the exam prior to handing in a complete application. The results will have to be sent to our office to be included with the review of you application. You can visit our website for the exam information at: http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/Contractors/


  • How much is the -Application Fee?
    Answer:

    ​Cost is $450.00 for Contractors and $100.00 for a Journeyman license.


  • How can I pay for my application?
    Answer:

    ​Forms of payment are Cash, Check, Money Order and via our website for most fees at: http://www.pbcgov.com/epzbcommon/asp_html/epzbGateway.aspx?ReferrerID=ezinfo&FROM=EZ&TargetMenuItem=Online+Payments


  • If I have bad credit can I obtain a license?
    Answer:

    ​A credit report must accompany the application and it will be reviewed and considered for determination by the Construction Licensing Board (CILB). Applicants with a credit score of 660 or higher meet the minimum credit reputation requirements for licensure.  Applicants with a credit score between 580 to 659 must pass a Florida CILB approved 14-hour financial responsibility course. A credit score of 579 and below does not meet licensure requirements.


  • If I have a criminal record can I obtain a license?
    Answer:

    ​Your criminal record will be reviewed and considered for determination by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) as part of the application.


  • Where do I order a credit report?
    Answer:

    A partial list is outlined on the application of credit companies that work with Palm Beach County. Credit reports are to be ordered and sent to our office by the credit reporting company prior to any application review or application deadline. Reports that are generated by an applicant are not acceptable. (ex. Experian, TransUnion or Equifax)


  • When will the board approve my application?
    Answer:

    ​The construction board meets once a month on the 4th Monday (holidays permitting) and that is when application review is held for approval. Board Meetings are not scheduled in November.


  • Where is the board meeting held?
    Answer:

    ​The meeting is held at the Vista Center , Planning, Zoning and Building , 2300 N Jog Road, 1st floor hearing chamber 1W-47, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.


  • What time is the meeting at?
    Answer:

    ​The application review commences at 1:00 pm followed by the regularly scheduled meeting at 2:00 pm.


  • Can anyone attend the meeting?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, the Construction Industry Licensing Board meetings are public meetings and once regular business has been addressed by the Board public comments are allowed.


  • Where is the exam given?
    Answer:

    ​Exams are given in locations throughout Palm Beach County. You will need to contact the testing agency directly as to times, dates and location.


  • Can I take an exam offered in Broward County?
    Answer:

    ​No, it is required that testing has to be taken in Palm Beach County.


  • How do I get a list of books that I need to purchase?
    Answer:

    ​You obtain a list by contacting any of the approved testing agencies that are allowed to test for Palm Beach County.


  • When I pass the exam will I be notified on how to get my certificate or competency?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, the testing agency will provide you with your test result(s), they must also send the results to our office in order to complete your licensing process.


  • What information will I need to complete my licensing process?
    Answer:

    ​Once you have passed the examination process and we have received your test scores, you will need to provide a certificate of general liability, workers compensation insurance, Business Tax Receipt and a $2,000.00 surety bond.


  • What is a Certificate of Competency?
    Answer:

    ​This is the term used for a Palm Beach County issued contractor's license.


  • What is a Qualifier?
    Answer:

    ​The qualifier is the owner of the license and the person who is responsible for work performed under such license. 


  • What types of licenses are issued by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB)?
    Answer:

    ​The CILB is responsible for issuing and overseeing licenses issued in regulated construction trades.  Please visit our website for a list of the regulated trades at:   http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/standards.pdf


  • What does reciprocity mean?
    Answer:

    ​Reciprocity is a written agreement between counties that allow contractors to work in neighboring counties provided they apply and meet those counties licensing requirements.


  • Can I reciprocate my license out of state?
    Answer:

    ​No, the reciprocal agreements are only within the State of Florida.


  • How do I reciprocate my license?
    Answer:

    ​A letter of reciprocity is prepared by the county that sponsored your testing to the neighboring county or the State of Florida. Please visit our website for the reciprocity form at:  http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/Contractors/forms/reciprocity_letter.pdf


  • How do I obtain a license if I have one from another county?
    Answer:

    ​You must have a reciprocal letter sent to our office and submit a completed application. Please keep in mind that requirements for licensure vary from county to county.


  • Do I need to renew my certificate of competency in Palm Beach County?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, renewal cards are sent out in July and have a deadline of September 30. Contractors renew every 2 years on odd years (ex. 2017, 2019, 2021). State Contractors have to re-enroll with the county every 2 years on the even years (ex. 2016, 2018, 2020)


  • If I have a State License do I need to apply for a Palm Beach County license?
    Answer:

    ​No, you are required to enroll the state license with our office in order to be able to apply for permits in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Please visit our website for the form at:  http://discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors/Forms/StateEnrollment.pdf


  • Is there a cost for enrolling a state license?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, there is a $50 Enrollment/Re-Enrollment fee that is due when enrolling the license. Enrollment is based on the state license expiration date. If you are applying for permits or scheduling inspections with the building department you must keep your Enrollment current.


  • Does your office accept permit runners to handle paperwork?
    Answer:

    ​Yes, there is an Authorized Agent form that has to be documented on record along with driver(s) license(s) that allows an agent to conduct business on behalf of the qualifier. 1st time registrations for agents must be processed in person. Form available on website.