do i need a license to clean swimming pools?

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Do you need a license to clean swimming pools in Florida? the correct answer is yes !


Is it required to have a contractors license to clean swimming pools in the State of Florida? the correct answer is yes !



These questions have been asked for many years and nobody has done the research to provide you with the factual information to substantiate either yes, or no.  Until now. 


I have attached a Declaratory Statement from the State of Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) who governs all contracting in Florida. They set the MINIMUM standards within the State. Some Counties, like Broward (see below) have other and more stringent regulations. 


On August 26, 1999, The State of Florida CILB responded to a question by a Declaratory Statement.  LINK TO PUBLIC RECORD


Here is the Question:


3. Petitioner describes its situation in pertinent part as follows: 
[Petitioner's] pool cleaning and water treatment business is limited to cleaning swimming pools and treating swimming pool water by chemical means.
The [Petitioner] utilizes liquid chlorine and other liquid and solid chemicals to treat and sanitize pool water.
The [Petitioner] introduces liquid chlorine into swimming pools by pouring the chlorine into the 
Additionally, the [Petitioner] introduces solid, chemicals into pool water by broadcasting the particulates and by placing chlorine tablets in preexisting dispensers located outside the pool. 
The Petitioner describes its swimming pool cleaning process as follows: 
1. Empty•the skimmer basket(s). 
2. Empty - the pump(s) strainer basket(s). 
3. Use a brush•and pole to brush the walls and tile. A cleaning agent may be used when cleaning the tiles. 
4. Use a skimmer net and pole to remove floating debris. 
5. Manually vacuum the swimming pool by connecting a vacuum hose to the skimmer',suction line on one end and to the vacuum head on the other end. Using a pole that is connected to the vacuum head, the vacuum head is maneuvered throughout the bottom of the swimming pool to suck dirt/debris into the filter system.
6. When .vacuuming is complete, the vacuum hose is disconnected from the skimmer, the hose, and the pole. 
7. If the filter is dirty, it will be cleaned: 
           a)  Sand Filter.  Back wash the filter by properly turning the pump off, moving the valve to the back wash portion, and 
turning the pump back on. 
            b) D.E. Filter.  Back wash the old filter powder and dirt. New filter powder would be added through the skimmer while the pump is running. 
            c) Cartridge Filter.  Turn off the pump, remove the cartridge, and hose the cartridge with fresh water. 
8.  If the water level is low, add fresh water with an available garden hose. 
4.  At hearing Petitioner clarified that the scope of work in question related to residential swimming pools and spas only. 
5,  Petitioner asks the Board to inform him whether the above described activities are within the definition of contractor as provided in 489.105(3), Florida Statutes, with the attendant requirement of licensure. 
The CILB responded as follows:
With respect to that activity of the Petitioner related exclusively to the introduction of chemicals into the pool/spa water by either: 
        a) pouring liquid directly into the pool/spa water, or 
        b) broadcasting of particulates directly into the pool/spa water, or 
        c) direct infusion of chlorine gas into the pool/spa water by a portable device not attached to the pool/spa equipment , 
         d) placing tablets into independent devices which free float in the pool/spa water, it is  the opinion  of the Board that said acts do not constitute contracting as that term is defined,in Section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes, and consequently do not require state certification or registration
HOWEVER : anything else over and above that, does require require state certification or registration
including: testing the water, removing leaves and dirt by the use of a brush, net or vacuum. 
Broward County Chapter 9 of Municipal Code 

Below is the classification under Broward County Code of Ordinance.

9-75(o)  Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor—Class "SP": The scope of work of a Class "SP" specialty building contractor includes, but is not limited to, the servicing and repair, including the treatment of water, of any swimming pool, hot tub, or spa, whether public, private, or otherwise, regardless of use. The scope of work includes the replacement or repair of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior refinishing, the reinstallation or addition of pool heaters, the repair or replacement of all perimeter piping and filter piping, the repair of equipment rooms or housing for pool/spa equipment, and the substantial or complete draining of a swimming pool, hot but, or spa, for the purpose of any repair or renovation. The scope of such work does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or potable water lines. In order to be eligible to be certified as a Class "SP" swimming pool/spa servicing contractor, the applicant shall have at least two (2) years of practical experience in the category and shall have obtained a certificate from the National Spa and Pool Institute as a Certified Pool Operator.


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