Author Archives: Clayton T. Osteen, Esq.

Construction Contracting 101: Florida Requirements For Licensing

This article will discuss when a construction license is required in Florida.  Under Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, there are specific guidelines regarding construction contracting for work you intend to perform.  Being unlicensed and performing construction work that requires licensure can … Read Full Post

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Financially Responsible Officer (FRO): The Responsibilities of Primary Qualifying Agents

Under Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, primary qualifying agents are, typically, considered the main decision maker(s) of the business organization.  As a general rule for construction licensing, increased responsibility leads to increased liability.  Read on to find out what responsibilities primary … Read Full Post

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Disputes Regarding Interpretation Of The Florida Building Code By Building Officials, The Florida Building Commission And Contractors

Have a dispute regarding an interpretation of the Florida Building Code (the “Code”)?  Building officials in the State of Florida are given a lot of leeway in enforcing and interpreting the Code; however, there are mechanisms to keep them in … Read Full Post

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Commercial General Liability Insurance In The Construction Industry

What policy exclusions are included in your commercial general liability insurance (“CGL”) policy?  If you do not have coverage, one mistake by an employee or a subcontractor, working on your behalf, can devastate a business.  The insurance industry can be … Read Full Post

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Workers’ Compensation Requirements For The Construction Industry

Get hit with a stop-work order recently?  For the construction industry, there are many requirements to abide by when it comes to workers’ compensation coverage.  If you want to avoid being issued a stop-work order or penalty assessment, read my … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed By Certified Contractors: Part V

To perform construction work in the State of Florida, the general rule is you better have a license.  However, this is not the only requirement. The company performing the work must also be qualified, or they may receive an unqualified … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed By Certified Contractors, Part IV: Abandoned Construction Project Violation

Part IV of this series will discuss the ramifications of abandoning a construction project. It will also cover potential disciplinary actions by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (“CILB”) for doing so. It is no secret, everyone in every business deals … Read Full Post

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Liability Of Secondary Qualifying Agents Pertaining To Civil Judgments

If you are a secondary qualifying agent for a company, there is potential for being financially responsible for the company you qualify. This stems from how the law shifts liability after a primary qualifying agent terminates their business relationship. Therefore, … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed by Certified Contractors: Part III

Part III of this series will discuss being disciplined by a local municipality and how this can affect a certified contractor’s license.  It is common knowledge within the construction industry that local building departments require certified contractors to obtain an … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed by Certified Contractors: Part II

Part II of this series will discuss civil judgments and how they can affect a certified contractor’s license.  The governing authority the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) cites to when prosecuting civil judgment violations is section 489.129(1)(q), Florida … Read Full Post

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