Clip and save: Consumer help is just a phone call away
When you have a problem or need information, knowing who to call is half the battle. Today and Sunday, Action lists the agencies and organizations that readers ask for the most.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Servies: regulates auto repair shops, toll-free 1-800-435-7352; www.800helpfla.com.
Florida Department of Financial Services: regulates state chartered credit unions, banks, savings and loans, securities firms and dealers, investment advisers, mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers, consumer finance companies including motor vehicle finance and retail installment contractors, cemeteries and funeral homes selling pre-need contracts; consumer hot-line, toll-free 1-800-342-2762; TDD: toll-free 1-800- 640-0886; www.fldfs.com.
Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Information Bureau: toll-free 1-888-225-5322; TTY: toll-free 1-888-835-5322; www.fcc.gov.
Hillsborough County Consumer Protection: (813) 903-3430; www.hillsboroughcounty.org, click on "consumer protection" under A-Z Index.
Pasco County Consumer Affairs: (727) 847-8110; www.pascofla.com.
Pinellas County Consumer Protection: (727) 464-6200; www.pinellascounty.org.
Federal Trade Commission: toll-free 1-877-382-4357; www.ftc.gov.
Better Business Bureaus: serving West Florida including Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota/Manatee: toll-free 1-800-525-1447; (727) 535-5522 (Pinellas); www.bbbwestflorida.org; serving Central Florida (including Citrus) toll-free 1-800-275-6614; www.orlando.bbb.org.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board: to check licenses or file a complaint; (850) 487-1395; www.myflorida.com/dbpr/.
Citrus County Building Division, Department of Development Services: to search building permits and licenses of regulated contractors; (352) 527-5310; citrus.fl.us/building/onlinepermitting.htm.
To search licenses of regulated contractors:
Hernando County Development Department: (352) 754-4050; www.co.hernando.fl.us/bldg/ .
Hillsborough County Contractors Licensing: (813) 635-7309 or (813) 635-7308; www.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/contractor/.
Pasco County Building Development, Contractor Licensing: (727) 847-8009; opal.pascocountyfl.net/.
Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board: (727) 536-4720; www.pcclb.com/.
Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation: Florida labor laws, workforce and employment opportunity; toll-free 1-800-438-4128, (850) 245-7105; www.floridajobs.org.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: for complaints about quantity and content of gasoline; toll-free 1-800-435-7352; www.800helpfla.com.
Florida Attorney General's Price Gouging Hotline: to report price gouging during a state of emergency; toll-free 1-866-966-7226.