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State law requires construction to be done by licensed
contractors. You have applied for a permit under an exemption
to that law, Florida Statute 489.103(7) and 489.503(6).
The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own
contractor with certain restrictions even though you do not have a license. You
must provide direct, onsite supervision of the construction yourself. You may
build or improve a one-family or two-family residence or a farm outbuilding. You
may also build or improve a commercial building, provided your costs do not
exceed $75,000. The building or residence must be for your own use or
occupancy. It may not be built or substantially improved for sale or lease. If you
sell or lease a building you have built or substantially improved yourself within 1
year after the construction is complete, the law will presume that you built or
substantially improved it for sale or lease, which is a violation of this exemption.
You may not hire an unlicensed person to act as your contractor or to supervise
people working on your building. It is your responsibility to make sure that people
employed by you have licenses required by state law and by county or municipal
licensing ordinances. You may not delegate the responsibility for supervising
work to a licensed contractor who is not licensed to perform the work being done.
Any person working on your building who is not licensed must work under your
direct supervision and must be employed by you, which means that you must
deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers' compensation for that
employee, all as prescribed by law. Your construction must comply with all
applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations
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