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About Construction Projects in Florida

Browse our Florida heavy equipment rental locations by city. BigRentz offers a wide variety of heavy equipment for rent, including earth moving machines, aerial equipment, lift trucks, compaction equipment, and job site services.

What You Need to Know

Is your construction firm getting ready to build in the Sunshine State? Before you embark on your new Florida project, there are a few key things you need to know.

Florida Licensing Requirements

You must either be registered or certified to perform construction work in Florida. Registering is easy to do at a local level. However, some counties require that you be certified to build. Certified contractors are allowed to work anywhere in the state.

To be certified, you have to meet the criteria that the state sets out. All the criteria deal with your experience and education levels as they relate to construction.

If you’re unsure about the licensing requirements in the area where you want to build, check on the local government’s website or contact a local expert who can give you the information you need. Also be sure to investigate which building permits you’ll need.

Soil Types in Florida

The type of soil on which you build can affect your construction timeline and budget. It also comes into play when you’re selecting which equipment to use. There are five main types of soil in Florida:

  • Loam. This is a mixture of sand, silt, and clay. It is the best type of soil on which to build.
  • Sandy soil. This is difficult to build on because there are large gaps between the soil particles.
  • Peaty soil. This is usually in marshy, wet areas.
  • Clay soil. There are many types of clay that affect the consistency of the soil.
  • Silt soil. Silt soil is slower to drain than loam, although it has a similar moisture-holding capacity.

Especially when you’re building on clay soil, you need to keep in mind that some clays are expansive, which means they can drastically affect the volume of the soil when they become saturated with moisture. In most of the eastern part of Florida, the soil has little to no swelling potential. However, there are some areas in the western part of the state where there is some swelling potential in the soil.

If you’re building on soil that is soft or expansive, you may need to use an excavator to dig to a depth of several inches and then mix in a harder substance, such as gravel, with the surrounding soil to provide the best environment for your building’s foundation.

Your soil type will also affect what aerial equipment you end up renting. The type of boom lifts, scissor lifts, forklifts, and manlifts you rent will depend on the region you’re building in.

Zoning Regulations

It’s important that you keep zoning laws in mind when you’re building in Florida. Each county in the state has its regulations that are designed to prevent things like a nuisance, economic harm, damage to public health, and odors. Examine local laws so you can make sure that your project won’t violate any local statutes.

Florida is a booming state, and construction projects there are plentiful. However, you shouldn’t jump into building in this state without preparing well for the challenge ahead of you. Research local regulations and become familiar with the potential problems that may arise with different types of soil. Your efforts will prevent obstacles and make your entire project go as smoothly as possible.

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