Paperless Licensing, effective 08/02/2019
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license building code administrators and inspectors in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for building code administrators and inspectors. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.
Forms are now available online for entities desiring to offer an internship certification program, the associated 40-hour code training course, and for individuals entering board-approved internship certification programs. The forms are accessible on the main page, Apply For A License.
Immediately and until June 30, 2018, candidates taking the Florida technical examinations will be allowed to use either 2012 OR 2015 code books as references during the examination. After June 30, 2018, candidates WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO USE 2015 CODE BOOKS FOR ALL TECHNICAL EXAMINATIONS.
The Legislature has enacted a law delaying the effect of sections of the Florida Building Code, 5th edition until June 30, 2016 incl.:
a. R402.4.1.2 of the Energy Volume relating to mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings;
b. 403.6.1 of the Building Volume requiring a second fire service access elevator; and
c. R303.4 of the Residential Volume requiring mechanical ventilation for residential buildings.
For individuals seeking the Certified Building Official (CBO)/Building Code Administrator (BCA) designation, the International Code Council (ICC) has three new modules for this examination that will launch January 1, 2015. Individuals approved for licensure by examination after the December 12, 2014, Building Code Administrators & Inspectors Board meeting will be required to pass the new three part ICC examination. The new examination consists of (1) legal, (2) management and (3) building codes and standards. If you have already been approved for the CBO/BCA examination, you will have until December 31, 2016, to pass the two part examination. If you have not passed both parts by December 31, 2016, you will have to take and pass the new three part examination. Please see our Building Code Administrator/Certified Building Official Examination FAQs for more information.
HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012, and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Applicants will need to provide proof of completing the continuing education requirements in effect at the last renewal date immediately prior to their application. Those requirements include completion of 14 hours of board-approved continuing education courses which shall include: 2 hours of accessibility, 2 hours of Florida laws and rules, 1 hour of ethics, and 9 general credit hours.
Please note that the transfer of the Florida Building Commission to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation has not impacted the surcharge payment process.
As a reminder, surcharge payments must be remitted to the appropriate entity within 30 days after the close of each calendar quarter. Florida Building Commission (FBC) payments should continue to be paid electronically through the FBC’s Building Code Information System (BCIS). Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) payments should continue to be paid by check or money order, made payable to DBPR/BCAIB, and mailed to DBPR/BCAIB at 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0783.
For further information, please visit the following websites:
FBC – http://www.floridabuilding.org/sc/sc_default.aspx
BCAIB – http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/build/documents/ buildingcode_surcharge_report_enterable.pdf
Rule 61G19-6.0035(1)(b), Florida Administrative Code, requires all attestations of work experience be signed by a licensed architect, engineer, contractor, fire marshal, or building code administrator who has knowledge of the applicant’s duties and responsibilities during the period indicated. As a postscript, if the applicant is a licensed architect, engineer, contractor, fire marshal, or building code administrator, they may self-certify their experience. All attestations of work experience must detail the applicant’s work experience.
All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Division of Professions
Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791