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This page provides helpful information and examples about the types of services that must be performed by a DBPR-licensed individual or business

What services require a State of Florida license?

Elevators and other conveyances, technicians, inspectors, and companies

An elevator or other conveyance transports people or goods from one location to another location, often vertically between floors. Examples of other conveyances are escalators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters, and chairlifts.

A certified elevator technician constructs, installs, maintains, or repairs elevators and other conveyances regulated under chapter 399, Florida Statutes. A certified elevator inspector constructs, installs, maintains, repairs or inspects elevators and other conveyances regulated under chapter 399, Florida Statutes.

A registered elevator company obtains permits and employs persons to construct, install, inspect, maintain or repair elevators and other conveyances. A registered elevator company must obtain a permit before constructing, installing or altering an elevator or other conveyance.

The Bureau of Elevator Safety contracts licensing, permitting, and inspection responsibilities to certain local jurisdictions. Elevators and other conveyances regulated under chapter 399, Florida Statutes, located in a contracted local jurisdiction must obtain the appropriate permit or license from the local jurisdiction.

These items are offered as examples of services you do need to have a license or hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to have a license or hire a person with a Florida license. The list is not all inclusive. If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at www.myfloridalicense.com. You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local business tax receipt is required. Please visit our Unlicensed Activity page to learn more about how you can help us combat Unlicensed Activity.


Needs a License

Does not need a License

Elevator or escalator in a government building, office building, condominium building, apartment building, or mall, including freight elevators

Elevator in a private, single-family residence.

Moving walkway at an airport or theme park

Automated people movers at airports, such as automated trams or trains


Hand-operated dumbwaiter

Inclined stairway chairlift, or inclined or vertical wheelchair lift

Stairway chairlift or wheelchair lift in a private, single-family residence

Portable escalators covered by the Florida Building Code

Temporary construction lifts, automobile parking lifts, portable lifts, cranes, hoists

Installing, maintaining, repairing, or inspecting an elevator or other conveyance that requires a license

A trainee or apprentice working on an elevator under the direct supervision of a certificate of competency holder

Replacing a light fixture

Replacing a light bulb in an elevator cab

Painting/cleaning elevator car-tops or elevator machine rooms

Painting/cleaning elevator pits

Replacing the interior finish of an elevator cab

Replacing wiring, fixtures, or cables in hoistway or elevator pits  



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