Thinking of hiring someone to paint your home or install new kitchen cabinets? Need a water heater or alarm system installed? The Broward County Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division reminds us that these types of jobs require a permit, including (but not limited to) the following:
· Awnings, Fences, Sheds
· Hurricane Shutters, Lawn sprinklers, Tree Trimming
· Reroofs/Roof Repairs/Roof Cleaning
· Flooring, Windows and Doors
Permit requirements differ between cities, so make sure to call your city building department to find out what permits are required. Also, always hire a licensed contractor.
To do business in Broward County, a contractor must have either a current Broward County Certificate of Competency (license) or a State of Florida license for the specific type of work to be done. Before you ask a contractor for a cost estimate, ask for his/her license number. Then call Broward County Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection at 954-765-4400 and select Option 2, to find out if the license is current and if it is valid for the required work. Beware of unlicensed contractors for a variety of reasons:
- An unlicensed contractor cannot be issued a permit, so the homeowner must apply for it. This puts the homeowner in the position of being liable for any damage or injuries that occur on the job site.
- Failure to obtain a permit means the work performed will not be inspected and approved, and it may be unsafe or dangerous.
- If the work does not meet applicable building codes, the homeowner may be required to pay to have it torn down and redone. A fine may also be assessed.
- Hiring an unlicensed contractor violates Florida Building Code requirements, which may subject the homeowner to fines. The homeowner may also be involved in lawsuits from various parties due to unauthorized construction work.
- If you knowingly hire an unlicensed contractor, you may be involved in lawsuits from various parties. If so, you cannot expect the courts or the county to grant you relief. If you pay more than 10% of the total price when you sign the contract, the contractor must apply for all permits within 30 days. The contractor must begin work within 90 days after obtaining the permits.
To file a complaint against a contractor, call at 954-765-4400 and choose Option 2. You may also visit our office at 1 N. University Dr. in Plantation or our Web site to obtain a complaint form and obtain additional information.
Broward County's Stimulus Grant Awards in Excess of $50 Million
As of January 2010, Broward County has received more than $584 million in federal stimulus funding as a result of the Federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of that total, in excess of $50 million has been awarded directly to Broward County government in the form of 12 stimulus grant projects. A recovery Web Site has been created at www.broward.org/recovery to track and update the implementation of the various stimulus projects.
County Employees Contribute to Haitian Relief
Despite tough economic times, Broward County employees have generously donated $57,203 through payroll deductions and personal checks to the Haitian relief effort.
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