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During the 2009 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 425, which became law on October 1, 2009. Beginning October 1, 2009, House Bill 425 requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. House Bill 425 also requires that any conviction prior to October 1, 2009, be reported by November 1, 2009.

A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension, or license revocation. To report this information, complete the Criminal Self-Reporting Document and mail to the department address provided on the form.

Demolition Contracting Services
Senate Bill 704 was passed during the 2012 Legislative Session and was approved on April 6, 2012 amending the definition of “Contractor” set forth in section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes. Section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes, defines “Contractor” in pertinent part as:

A person who is qualified for, and is only responsible for, the project contracted for and means, except as exempted in this part, the person who, for compensation, undertakes to, submits a bid to, or does himself or herself or by others construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, for others or for resale to others.

The bill amended the statutory language revising the term “demolish” to now include the demolition of all buildings or residence, regardless of height or number of stories. Previously, the term “demolish” only included demolition of buildings or residences that were over three stories tall. The bill became effective on July 1, 2012.

After July 1, 2012, any person or entity who wishes to contract for building or residence demolition must have an appropriate Division I contractors license or a local certificate of competency for demolition contracting issued by your local licensing authority. Demolition companies may continue to subcontract demolition work from a certified or registered contractor when the contractor is supervising all work, the work is within the scope of the supervisor’s license and provided that the person being supervised is not engaged in construction work which would require a license as a contractor under any of the categories listed in s. 489.105(3)(d)-(o).
   
Effective as of July 01, 2016 State Certified Contractors will no longer be charged for the Biennial File Management Fee

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