Register as a Contractor


State certified contractors licensed through the State of Florida have the option of registering their state certified license with us to work in unincorporated Manatee County.

  • Exam Application Local License (Temporarily suspended)

Manatee County does accept Reciprocity for the following licensed trades listed below:

  • Concrete
  • Mason
  • Masonry
  • Garage Door Installer
  • Journeyman (Electrical and Plumbing)

We do not Reciprocate Registered Contractors.

As a courtesy Fence and Tent installers can register in our system so permits can be applied for.

For complete information and requirements please go to Building and Permitting Applications and Forms

Occupational Licenses

Unincorporated Manatee County does not have a "Local Business Tax Receipt" (previously known as "Occupational License"), nor do we anticipate a requirement for them in the near future. This is not to be confused with the construction contractor licensing, which is a requirement by the State of Florida (FSS, Chapter 489).

For additional information, please contact our office at 941 748-4501, ext. 3800 option 1.

Contractor Licensing Contact Information

Deanna Ward Permitting Supervisor 941-748-4501 ext 3842
Cindi Blake Permitting Services Div Mgr 941-748-4501 ext 3802