is the following statement true?
Florida law requires a contractor to apply for a permit within 30 days and start work within 90 days if he collects more than 10 percent of the contract up front.
Jul 16, 2020
This is accurate. These requirements can be found under Fla. Stat. §489.126(2)(a):
A contractor who receives, as initial payment, money totaling more than 10 percent of the contract price for repair, restoration, improvement, or construction to a residential real property must:
Apply for permits necessary to do work within 30 days after the date payment is made, except where the work does not require a permit under the applicable codes and ordinances; and
Start the work within 90 days after the date all necessary permits for work, if any, are issued...
There is an exception to these requirements. If there is just cause for failing to do so, or if the parties agreed in writing to a longer period to apply for the permits, start work, or both. Failing to do so (without just cause or an agreement to the otherwise) can give the owner the right to demand a refund.