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Florida law requires that contractors taking more than a 10% deposit for a project must make application for permit within 30 days and commence work within 90 days of the issuance of a permit. Florida law additionally requires that contractors generally must continue work on projects without lapses of more than 60 days
However, Florida statute does not provide a maximum deposit that the contractor may charge. The contractor and the individual property owner may negotiate a deposit and payment schedule that they mutually agree upon.