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May 27, 2016

Dear Friends,

Summers in Florida can get hot! During the summer months, many Floridians look to hire contractors to add to or restore their swimming pools. As May is National Water Safety Month, I want to remind Florida residents of the importance of hiring only licensed pool contractors.

DBPR’s Construction Industry Licensing Board is responsible for licensing and regulating contractors throughout the state of Florida. As you prepare for the summer months ahead, it is important to understand when a license is required for a pool service. Essentially, any time an individual is hired and installs or takes apart equipment that is attached to or used for cleaning or water treatment, a license is required. Pool cleaning and basic water treatments do not require a DBPR license.

If you are looking to hire a pool contractor this summer, it is imperative to use good judgment before signing a contract. A few simple rules to follow to avoid contracting scams include requesting multiple references, verifying prospective licenses, checking references and getting everything in writing (i.e. completion date, total cost, description of repair work). Licenses can be verified by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com, calling (850) 487-1395 or downloading the free DBPR Mobile app available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

Swimming pools and spas are places where families and friends spend time together to cool off from the summer heat. Enjoy your time by the pool and feel confident jumping into summer knowing you hired a licensed pool contractor!


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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