File a report if you are a victim of construction fraud or have observed unlicensed construction activity

Things to consider

  • Please note: Effective July 1, 2021, Florida Statutes, as amended by Senate Bill 60, require a name and address to be provided in order to report potential violations of codes and ordinances for investigation.
  • We will not hold you responsible if you unknowingly hire an unlicensed contractor
  • You could get a fine of up to $500 and be charged with aiding and abetting if you knowingly hire an unlicensed contractor
  • If you have a problem with the work done by the unlicensed individual, there is little that the County or State can do to help you
  • If a contractor is caught working without a license they can receive the following penalties:
    • Fine of up to $2000 per violation
    • Arrested and charged with acting as a contractor without being properly licensed
  • Check out our contractor licensing section for requirements for licensing in Hillsborough County and reciprocation with other counties
    • Business Tax Receipts, formerly known as Occupational Licenses, are issued by the Tax Collector's Office. These are not the same thing as a contractor's license.

How to

  1. Gather the following information:
    • Address of the complaint
    • Nearest major intersection
    • Description of the the complaint
    • Photos or files to support your complaint (optional)
  2. Submit online form
  3. If you prefer to make a report over the phone, please call (813) 272-5600

What's next

We will respond to the complaint within five working days.

Resources

Get help

Department: Development Services
Email: permitting@hcfl.gov
Phone: (813) 272-5600

Last Modified: 1/22/2024, 2:04:26 PM

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