Licensed contractors located outside of Mexico Beach must register with the City before beginning work. Please review the Contractor Application packet
for more information.
After a natural disaster, "fly-by-night" contractors will solicit work, taking deposits before beginning services or accepting final payments before finishing required jobs. Protect yourself from service scams by following these tips and reporting unlicensed contractors.
Tip 1: Exhibit Caution
Be cautious of repair businesses or individuals who:
- Solicit door-to-door
- Arrive in unmarked vehicles
- Have a post office box or temporary address
- Claim they are from another county or state and are in the area solely to help disaster victims
- Claim that they were doing work in the area and noticed that your home needed repairs
Tip 2: Gather Estimates
If your home is in need of repair, you should get at least three itemized estimates. Ask contractors to justify their bids by listing the work/materials that are included. This allows you to make valid comparisons between estimates.
Tip 3: Vet Contractors and Verify Licenses
Before signing a contract or writing a check to a contractor, check to confirm that they are licensed in Florida and registered with the Mexico Beach Building Department.
To verify a contractor's license or to report unlicensed activity, visit My Florida License
or call (1-866) 532-1440.
To verify if a contractor is registered in Mexico Beach, contact the Building Department:
201 Paradise Path, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tip 4: Avoid Cash-Only Deals
Never agree to a cash-only deal. Ask for a written estimate and inspect the terms carefully before signing and agreeing to any offer.
Tip 5: Be Cautious of Door-to-Door Contractors
Remember that honest contractors earn the majority of their business through referrals from satisfied customers. They don't have to travel door-to-door to find business.