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Florida roofing licensing laws complicate reroofing effort

NRCA has received a number of requests from members outside the state of Florida asking what is required to do work there. Unfortunately, the answer is fairly complicated.

Florida has a licensing law that requires all roofing work to be performed by licensed Florida contractors. The license requirements are fairly rigorous and include successfully completing an examination, among other things. Out-of-state contractors can receive licenses to work in Florida but are not allowed to work as subcontractors for licensed Florida contractors.

In light of the recent rash of hurricanes, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued two executive orders in an attempt to get more roofing work done. The first allows licensed residential, building and general contractors to perform roofing repairs and reroofing projects in certain counties affected by Hurricane Charley. The order does not extend to metal or tile roofing.

The second executive order allows local jurisdictions to issue limited specialty roofing licenses to in-state and out-of-state contractors who fulfill certain requirements. First, they must present an affidavit of competency from their original jurisdiction signed by the building official or designee. Second, they must have proof of Florida workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Third the license applies only to wood shakes, and asphalt and fiberglass shingles. It is valid for a 90-day period.

NRCA was told that meeting the Florida workers' compensation insurance requirement can be problematic. If a contractor cannot obtain insurance through typical means, it is available through the Florida Joint Underwriting Authority–but out-of-state contractors can expect to pay a surcharge of about 25 percent.

NRCA and the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors (FRSA) Inc. have written to Gov. Bush urging him, by executive order, to allow out-of-state roofing contractors to work for licensed Florida roofing contractors under a set of reasonable conditions. NRCA has heard estimates from Florida roofing contractors that as many as 250,000 roofs need extensive repair or replacement. To download a copy of NRCA's letter to Gov. Bush, /news/bushfl.pdf class=roll>click here (.pdf).

If you have any questions, contact NRCA's Technical Services Department at (800) 323-9545; Steve Munnell, FRSA's executive director, at (407) 671-3772; or visit FRSA's Web site at www.floridaroof.com.


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