Florida Construction Industry Law Blog


How Do You Become A Certified Building Contractor In Florida?

The construction industry is booming again in Florida. As a result, many people are seeking to take advantage of this by becoming licensed contractors.  Chapter 489, Florida Statutes and 61G4-12 through 23, Florida Administrative Code sets forth the requirements for … 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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Construction Contracts: Arbitration and Venue Provisions

Many construction contracts for Florida projects contain arbitration provisions that require venue in a state, other than Florida.  The term “venue” refers to the location where litigation will take place, in the event a dispute arises.  Although Florida has a … Read Full Post

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An Insider’s Perspective On Navigating The Florida DBPR Regulatory And Professional Boards

Many business and industries in Florida find it necessary to obtain some form of license in order to conduct business in this state.  Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) is the state agency in charge of licensing and … Read Full Post

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Florida Construction Liens: First Furnishing. What does it mean?

The Florida Construction Lien Law can be a contractor’s best tool for getting paid in full.  While the Lien Law ultimately helps ensure full payment for contractors, it is not always clear regarding the procedural requirements for perfecting lien rights.  … Read Full Post

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How To Become A Certified Mechanical Contractor In Florida

Living in Florida, and for some many businesses, a working air system and/or refrigeration systems is critical for personal comfort and corporate survival.  Think of the ramifications if the air conditioning system of a hospital did not work correctly, or … 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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Your Guide To The Construction Project Payment Process, Including Retainage

Construction projects at their foundation are no different than any other businesses. Cash is king. Therefore, those who control the cash, often control the process. As a result, lenders and owners have major advantages in negotiation with a certified contractor. … Read Full Post

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Guide To Understanding A Construction Contract For Certified Contractors And Sub-contractors In Florida

The construction industry has rebounded following the recession of 2008. Therefore, there is a greater demand for builders and their work than we’ve seen in years. Having a clear, thorough, binding construction contract helps to ensure that both the contractor … Read Full Post

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Federal Miller Act – Staying Claims With Subcontractors Who Have A Payment Bond

Payment claims on federal construction projects often involve bond claims governed by the Miller Act. 40 U.S.C.§ 3131.  General contractors on these construction projects must furnish a payment bond. The bond protects certain persons/entities supplying labor and materials, and carrying … Read Full Post

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