The Santa Rosa County Development Services Department is committed to protecting citizens from unlicensed contractor activity and scams. Know the warning signs to protect yourself when hiring a contractor for solar, plumbing, electrical or other building services, to perform work on any home or business. Thoroughly research a contractor before hiring is of utmost importance.The first step to a successful project is to ask to see a contractor’s license or license number - and verify it - before signing a contract or working with a contractor. A licensed contractor can be verified at data1.santarosa.fl.gov/gopermitsnew/index.cfm and on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) at www.myfloridalicense.com. Ask for recommendations from trusted people or the Better Business Bureau. If unlicensed activity is discovered, report it to the Florida unlicensed activity hotline at 866-532-1440.Obtain at least three written and itemized estimates for any proposed work, including a clear statement of the work to be performed and all costs. Be sure to read and fully understand the contract. Remember:
Watch for red flags and be wary of anyone who:
To find which construction industry services require a DBPR license, visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/unlicensed-activity. For additional information, call Santa Rosa County Development Services, (850) 981-7000 or the DBPR, (850) 487-1395.