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A question for my fellow Floridians on the law

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I've got a friend of a friend that is doing cell phone tower construction that does not have a Fl general contractors license. He has a general contractor pull permits on then the GC has him listed as a sub-contractor.

To my understanding there are lots of problems with this arrangement ( IE it's illegal).

1st. I believe that it's not legal to subcontract work to a subcontractor if that subcontractor is not a licensed contractor.

2nd. He isn't actually the subcontractor as he holds the prime contract with the land owner and bids the jobs himself. He receives payment directly from the land owner. He then pays a GC a small fee for pulling the permit and listing him as a sub on it.

Somehow he does hold GL insurance and is bonded and has work comp. How would he even obtain those in Fl without a contractor’s license?

Just to be clear, he is NOT being qualified by the GC. The GC just pulls the permits for him.

Is this legal? He swears that it is, but I'm fairly sure it isn't.
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You STILL waiting on that plumbing license?!?!

A Qualifier is an individual with a license who applied to the state to qualify a company, only an individual can take a test and be a license holder.

I have my licenses under my name, but once my plumbing license gets issued, I will qualify a new company with my A/C and plumbing Licenses, I will appoint an FRO, and still maintain my 3 licenses as an individual as well.

The above scenario is different than me pulling a permit for an unlicensed subcontractor.

When i hire a subcontractor for say drywall or painting, they have to be licensed, if the do not have a licenses, I can hire them as an employee, but not as a subcontractor, as employees would be working under my licenses, if I hire subcontractors without a license, I would be aiding and abetting an unlicensed contractor.
I don't know about your neck of the woods but over here there are just as many UNlicensed contractors as legit ones. In fact there might even be more unlicensed than licensed.

And of the licensed ones, only about 1/3 of those play by the rules. It's pathetic here in Fl.
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