Florida Contract Work – Know Before You Go
Thursday September 28, 2017"Coverages for out of state work vary from one policy to the next. In most cases, insurance gaps will be created for contractors that move some of their business into Texas or Florida. If you are thinking of taking a job out of state, call us for a free coverage review before taking the job."
Dave Lucas | email@example.com
Article Courtesy of: Cincinnati Insurance
If you’re a contractor thinking about traveling to Florida to help rebuild in the wake of a hurricane, we want you to be aware of contractor requirements to avoid fines or potential criminal charges from the state.
Even if you hold a contractor’s license in your home state, here is some key information:
- To work in Florida, you must prove you passed an exam that’s substantially similar to the exam Florida resident contractors are required to pass. If your state doesn’t require you to take a written exam, you must successfully complete the Florida exam before you can work there.
- You can only do work for which you hold a license.
- You must provide your credit report and proof of financial stability, including net worth requirements, or provide a bond.
- You must register with the Florida Secretary of State before you conduct business in the state.
- You must have Florida listed under 3A on the declarations page of your workers’ compensation policy because Florida does not accept “other states” coverage.
Florida Department of Business Regulation
Florida Contracting Statutes
Each county or municipal jurisdiction in Florida may have additional requirements, so be sure to check with authorities in the location where you plan to work, for example, in Indian River County.
Property owners seeking assistance from a contractor during rebuilding should question contractors and ask for a certificate of insurance before engaging work. Please see our blog post “Entrust storm repairs to honest contractors.”
This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article. Contact your local, independent insurance agent for coverage advice and loss control services. Peabody Insurance (810) 62-1504