Apply for a Hillsborough County Contractor License

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If you want to perform construction-related work or operate a construction-related businesses in Hillsborough County, you must have a license. If you already have a state license, you can register that with us instead of going through our process.


Trade First time/Reinstatement Renewal
Building Trades $280 $70
Electrical Contractor $280 $70
Irrigation Contractor $280 $70
Journeyman Plumber $150 $35
Journeyman Electrician $150 $35
LP / Natural Gas $75 $70
Mechanical Contractor $280 $70
Plumbing Contractor $280 $70
Reinstatement Application $280 varies
Renewal Application n/a $70
State Certified Registration $70 n/a


The following trades require a license (see the "How To" section to download complete checklist and application for each):

  • Building Trades Contractor
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Irrigation Contractor
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • LP / Natural Gas (must have state license first)
  • Mechanical Contractor
  • Plumbing Contractor

Things To Consider

  • You will need to sit for an examination and receive a score of at least 75%
  • Exams are open book, unless noted differently in the checklist
  • The exams are recognized for reciprocity in almost all counties in the state of Florida
    • We reciprocate only with jurisdictions which reciprocate in turn
    • Normally, when applying for reciprocity to another jurisdiction, you will not have to retest if your scores meet the requirements of that jurisdiction
      • You will still have to meet any additional requirements of the jurisdiction being reciprocated
    •  All Reciprocity applications into Hillsborough County require Board approval
  • You must renew your license every year
  • If you have a license issued from the state, you only need to register it with Hillsborough County, and don't need to go through our licensing process
  • If you were previously licensed and let it lapse for longer than 2 years, but less than 5 years, you can apply for reinstatement
    • You may have to retest
    • The appropriate licensing board will make that determination
    • If you have let your license lapse for longer than 5 years, you will need to reapply as if you have never had a license and will need to take the appropriate exam and pay the full fees

How To

  1. Download the appropriate application:
  2. Fill out the application completely and attach all required information
  3. Submit application packages per instructions found in the individual applications
    •  You must submit all trade and reinstatement applications a minimum of 30 days prior to the appropriate board meeting

Get Help

(813) 272-5600