Florida League of Cities

Local Occupational Licensing (Monitor) – Passed 

CS/CS/HB 1383 (Trabulsy) addresses occupation licensing by local governments, which the Legislature passed in 2021. The bill extends by one year (from July 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024) the authority of local governments to continue licensing local occupations that were licensed on or before January 1, 2021. The bill requires the state’s Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) to establish, by July 1, 2024, voluntary certified specialty contractor licensing in the following categories: 

•Structural aluminum or screen enclosures 

•Marine seawall work 

•Marine bulkhead work

•Marine dock work 

•Marine pile driving 

•Structural masonry 

•Structural prestressed, precast concrete work 

•Rooftop solar heating installation 

•Structural steel 

•Window and door installation, including garage door installation and hurricane or windstorm protection

•Plaster and lath 

•Structural carpentry. 

The bill prohibits a local government from requiring a license issued by a local government or CILB to perform a job scope that does not substantially correspond to one of the state’s contractor or specialty contractor categories. A local government may continue to offer licensing for veneer, including aluminum or vinyl gutters, siding, soffit or fascia; rooftop painting, coating and cleaning above three stories in height; or fence installation and erection, if the local government imposed such a licensing requirement before January 1, 2021. In addition, the bill allows a county located in an area designated as an area of critical state concern (e.g., Monroe County) to offer licensing for any job scope that requires a contractor license under this part if the county imposed such a licensing requirement before January 1, 2021. Lastly, a local government may not require a license as a prerequisite to submit a bid for public work projects if the work to be performed does not require a license under general law. 

Effective date: July 1, 2023. (Branch)