Hillsborough County Ordinance 13-29 requires each locksmith services business to obtain a license from Hillsborough County’s Consumer Protection Agency. The Ordinance prohibits unlicensed locksmith services businesses from doing business or advertising their services in the County.

Hillsborough County Locksmith License

Following a growing list of concerns, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) identified a need to regulate the locksmith industry.

keysLocksmiths are professionals who provide valuable services to ensure the security and safety of businesses, homes, loved ones, and personal property. However, it is important to ensure that persons providing such services undergo criminal background checks. Additionally, a small number of locksmith businesses were found to have engaged in misleading advertising practices in the County.

In response, the BOCC adopted Ordinance 13-29, which regulates businesses offering locksmith services in unincorporated Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. The Locksmith Services Businesses Ordinance is intended to help regulate locksmith industry professionals and eliminate the misuse of industry knowledge and equipment in ways that pose dangers to public health, safety, and welfare.

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