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Florida Contractor Licensing

Florida contractors’ licenses are separated into two distinct types for regulatory purposes, certified or registered.  Each license type has its distinct benefits and drawbacks which should be discussed and weighed with your clients prior to proceeding with the licensure process. … Read Full Post

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Four Alternative Methods To Obtain a Construction License In Florida

The Department and CILB have several alternative construction licensing processes that are worth discussing.  While these provisions still utilize the normal application process, they are alternatives to the normal examination/experience or registration requirements of section 489.111, Florida Statutes.  1. Certification of … Read Full Post

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Insurance Requirements for Florida Contractors

As a prerequisite to the initial issuance, or the renewal of an active construction license in Florida the applicant must prove that they have the statutory insurance policies in place.  In order to do so, the applicant shall submit a … Read Full Post

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Paying for Emergency Repairs to Florida Condominiums

Florida is synonymous with condominium living as a way of life. It’s also synonymous with hurricanes. Hurricanes have largely shaped Florida’s construction industry in that the building code is shaped and modeled after the construction of structure that can withstand … Read Full Post

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The Disciplinary Process of a Certified Contractor in Florida: Part Two

In the first part of this series I discussed the disciplinary process leading up to the Probable Cause Panel (“Panel”) proceedings.  This article will discuss how an Administrative Complaint is properly filed to initiate formal discipline on a licensee, and … Read Full Post

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Florida Takes First Step in Curbing Frivolous ADA Lawsuits by Allowing ADA Qualified Expert Reporting

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was enacted by Congress in 1990 to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in access to employment, governmental services and programs, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. As stated in the law, the ADA is … Read Full Post

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The Disciplinary Process of a Certified Contractor in Florida: Part One

All certified contractors must abide by the provisions of Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, which govern construction contracting.  The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“Department”) is tasked with the responsibility of regulating the construction industry and disciplining the licensee for … Read Full Post

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Challenging Building Permit Denials in Florida

By: Charles B. Jimerson, Esq and Sophie M. Hayashi Introduction: When a party wishes to construct, erect, alter, modify, repair or demolish any building in the state of Florida, obtaining a building permit is the crucial first step. Fla. Stat. … Read Full Post

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Personal Liability for Qualifying Agents in Florida

As I mentioned in a previous post, when a construction project encounters problems, and especially when a suit is filed, a property owner will seek every bit of leverage he or she can get against the contractor handling the project.  … Read Full Post

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Liability of General Contractors for Unlicensed Subcontractors

As many construction professionals are no doubt aware, when a construction project encounters problems, regardless of the reason, tensions and emotions can run high; this is doubly true when the problem results in a lawsuit by the owner of the … Read Full Post

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