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Hiring Licensed Contractors BrochureHiring Licensed Contractors 
Did you know that Monroe County requires all contractors to hold a Certificate of Competency (contractor's license) in their trade as well as liability and worker's compensation insurance? Did you know that there is no handyman license in Monroe County?

Here are some of the reasons why you should always hire a licensed contractor:
  • By hiring an unlicensed contractor, you are subject to a citation in the amount of $500 for aiding and abetting unlicensed activity
  • If the unlicensed contractor or contractor's employee(s) is/are injured on your property, you may be liable
  • If the work performed by the unlicensed contractor is unsafe, does not meet code, or is left unfinished, you may have no recourse
  • The unlicensed contractor is subject to a citation in the amount of $500 for not having a Certificate of Competency and/or proper insurance as required under Monroe County law
  • Your project will be stopped, and if applicable, after-the-fact fines may be assessed for work done without benefit of a permit

Don't confuse an occupational license for a Certificate of Competency. Licensed contractors will be able to provide you with proof, and will be happy to do so.

For More Information
If you are unsure about whom you're hiring or want to check a license, please contact:

To report unlicensed activity, contact the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at (866) 532-1440.

Monroe County
1100 Simonton Street
Key West FL, 33040