Every person, company or entity desiring to engage in the business as a general, building, residential, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, air conditioning, roofing, commercial pool or residential pool contractor, or as a specialty contractor, within the city, must first obtain a contractor registration from the building department.
Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The customer service counter is located at the Building Department at City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue.
Owners, make sure your contractors are licensed. See the Owner Builder Permit brochure and visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulations to verify a license. Or, you can confirm an active status by viewing the City's 'Active Contractors' list.
Where do I apply for a contractors license?For information on qualification requirements and where to apply for a certified contractor license visit contractors-licensing.org.
What is the difference between a certified, registered and specialty contractors license?A "certified" contractor is any contractor that possesses a certificate of competency issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations and is allowed to contract in any jurisdiction in the state of Florida without having to fulfill the competency application requirements of that jurisdiction. A "registered" contractor is any contractor who has registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations and is allowed to contract within the jurisdiction where fulfillment of the competency application requirements were met. A "specialty" contractor is any contractor who is allowed to contract within the jurisdiction where a certificate of competency was issued. For more information on certified and registered contractor licensing see DBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board FAQ.
Can I register with the City if I do not have a contractor or specialty license?
No, you must hold a valid certified contractor, registered contractor or specialty contractor license before you can register with the City of Venice to contract and perform work within the city.
Is there a registration fee?Yes there is a registration fee for state registered contractors and specialty contractors. However, there is NO registration fee for state certified contractors. Please refer to the Contractor Registration Form for applicable registration fees.
How do I register with the City?To register with the City you must complete the Contractor Registration Form, provide a copy of your contractors license, a copy of your workers compensation insurance with the City of Venice as a certificate holder or proof of your exemption, a copy of your liability insurance with the City of Venice as a certificate holder and pay any applicable fee as shown on the registration form.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.