Contractor Licensing

PLEASE NOTE: County Contractor Licenses expired 9/30/13. The fee for existing contractor licenses now includes the $106.00 late fee effective 12/31/13: $212.00 for an active status license; $141.00 for an inactive status license. All journeyman – $156.00.

For active contractors, all insurances must be current in licensing file with the County. Renewal fees will be returned to license holder if insurance is not current. We accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards.

You cannot renew your license online or by phone at this time. You must renew by either mail or in person.

Certification of Registered Contractor's Licenses (Grandfathering)

House Bill 897, passed during the 2012 legislative session and was approved by Governor Rick Scott. This bill extended the time period to November 1, 2015, for contractors to request that their registered contractor's license be grandfathered to a state-wide certified contractor's license. Electrical licenses are not eligible.

 In order to have your registered contractor's license grandfathered, you must:

1.  Currently hold a valid state-registered license in one of the contractor categories defined in Section 489.105(3)(a)-(p), Florida Statutes.

2.  Have, for that category, passed a written examination that the board finds to be substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a certified contractor under this part. For purposes of this subsection, a written, proctored examination such as that produced by the National Assessment Institute, Block and Associates, NAI/Block, Experior Assessments, Professional Testing, Inc., or Assessment Systems, Inc., shall be considered to be substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a certified contractor. The board may not impose or make any requirements regarding the nature or content of these cited examinations.

3.  Have at least 5 years of active state-registered experience as a contractor in that contracting category, or as an inspector or building administrator with oversight over that category, at the time of application.

4.   Have not had your contractor's license revoked at any time, had your contractor's license suspended within the last 5 years, or been assessed a fine in excess of $500 within the last 5 years.

5.   Be in compliance with the insurance and financial responsibility requirements in Section 489.115(5), Florida Statutes.

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Our Goal

The Contractor Licensing program ensures that only qualified contractors perform construction work in St. Johns County.

Information about requirements for licensing and registration:

Please report all unauthorized construction activity to Contractor Licensing at (904) 827-6820.

Notice: All State Certified Contractors must register to operate in St. Johns County.

Notice: Hiring an unlicensed contractor is a violation of Florida Statute 455.228 and is subject to a $5,000 fine. Florida Statute 489 and St. Johns County Ordinance 2002-48 require contractors to be licensed; before advertising, bidding or performing any work.

Contact, Location & Hours

The Permit Center
4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
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Open 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

P: (904) 827-6820
F: (904) 827-6847

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