Contractor Competency Board
This board was originally created by the Board of County Commissioners through adoption of Escambia County Ordinance No. 77-21. Subsequent Escambia County Ordinances were repealed and replaced to allow continued performance of duties by the board, the latest being Ordinance 2015-36, as adopted by the board on September 24, 2015.
The duties of the board shall be to accept applications for and oversee examinations for licensure as a contractor; determine through review of supporting data, the qualifications of applicants for licensure and issue a certificate of competency as a contractor to those whom the board deems qualified in the appropriate trades; record certificates of competency and issue renewals annually to those who qualify in appropriate trades; make an annual report and provide any other information as required by F.S. Chapter 489 and subsequent amendments thereto; cause to be investigated any complaint which is filed before it if the complaint is in writing, signed by the complainant, and establishes probable cause to believe a violation of the article has occurred; and investigate violations of this article, or of F.S. ch. 489 and those construction codes adopted by the county, upon due cause shown to the contractor competency board and to take appropriate action pursuant to this article.
Through Ordinance 2003-37, members of the Board of Plumbing Examiners and the Board of Gas Examiners were incorporated into the membership of the Competency Board. Subsequently, Ordinance 2015-36, reduced the board to nine members as follows: a general contractor, a building contractor or residential contractor, a roofing contractor, an air-conditioning contractor or a mechanical contractor, a swimming pool/spa contractor, a master plumber, an architect, engineer or business person and two lay consumer members. All members must be residents of Escambia County.
Term of office shall be three years. Terms of members shall be staggered so that terms of some members shall expire each year. Members whose terms have expired may be reappointed to additional terms at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the Board of County Commissioners for any unexpired term. Members whose terms have expired shall serve until a reappointment is made. Any member may be removed from office for any reason by majority vote of the BCC. Members shall receive $50 per meeting as compensation for their services. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month unless a special meeting is requested by the board.
Financial disclosure requirement removed effective January 2001.