In Atlantic Beach, officials for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have been cracking down on contractors who solicit customers for work they are not licensed to perform, according to an article on www.Firstcoastnews.com. According to the report, contractors in the Jacksonville area were advertising on the popular website Craigslist for services that require a license but were not in fact licensed. They would then agree to perform the work, take an initial deposit and then disappear.
The State of Florida regulates and licenses contractors who perform work such as additions to a home, roofing, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical work. In order to obtain a license, contractors generally must pass an exam, take continuing education courses, prove that they are financially stable and show proof of insurance.