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TIPS TO GUIDE YOU IN SELECTING THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR:

Is your Contractor licensed? Make sure your contractor is properly licensed. In the State of Florida, all contractors MUST be either certified by the State (if they have a statewide license), or registered with the State (if they have a Countywide license). Anyone can say they are licensed. Make the contractor prove it by either showing you the license or giving you a copy of it. Remember to check the expiration date and check with Volusia County if it's a Countywide license. Being licensed is the law. If a contractor cannot produce a valid license, BE WARY!

Where can you check?

  1. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (850) 487-1395 or www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html. Click onto "Verify License" and you can look up information by name, license number, city/county or license type.
  2. Volusia County, Contractor Licensing, (386) 248-8158, option #2.
  3. City of South Daytona, Community Development Dept., (386) 322-3020, fax (386) 322-3029, or email comdev@southdaytona.org.

Insurance? Make sure your contractor carries general liability insurance. This type of insurance protects your property in case of damage caused by the contractor and/or his employees. The insurance company will pay for the cost of replacing and/or repairing any damage that occurs. Anyone can say they are insured. Ask the contractor to have their insurance company FAX, mail or email you a certificate of insurance with you named as the certificate holder.

Required building permits? Make sure your contractor pulls all required permits. This is very important. When a contractor pulls the required building permits, you know things will be done to "code". Also, many homeowners' insurance policies require pulling a permit on any major remodeling to keep your home properly covered. Not all contractors will do this. Some contractors may ask you to get the permits. This could be a warning sign that they are not able to pull the permit because they are unlicensed, or the project is outside of their licensed scope of permissible work. A reputable contractor will obtain a permit for every job where a permit is required.


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John Dillard,
Community Development Director, City Engineer

City Hall
1672 S Ridgewood Ave
South Daytona, FL 32119
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  • Business: 
    (386) 322-3020
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    (386) 322-3029
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