The division operates under the authority provided by the Florida Legislature through the Florida Statutes. Florida Statute 20.165 establishes the Division of Hotels and Restaurants within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Chapter 509, Part 1, Florida Statutes, governs the licensing, inspection, and regulation of public lodging and public food service establishments. The Division also adopts rules governing the licensing, inspection, and regulation of public lodging and public food service establishments. These rules are located in Chapters 61C-1, 61C-3, 61C-4 and 61C-8 of the Florida Administrative Code.
Chapter 399, Florida Statutes, governs the licensing, inspection, and regulation of elevators, escalators, and other vertical conveyance devices. The Division also adopts rules governing the licensing, inspection, and regulation of elevators, escalators, and other vertical conveyance devices. These rules are located in Chapter 61C-5 of the Florida Administrative Code.
Additionally, Florida Statute 386.207 provides the Division authority to enforce the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act in public food service establishments not licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and in all public lodging establishments.
Florida Statutes and Constitution
Florida Statutes and Constitution. The statutes are updated as a result of every legislative session. The constitution was revised in 1968 and is amended by the voters. The sites below are maintained by the Florida Legislature.
Chapter 509 – Part I Public Lodging and Public Food Service Establishments
Chapter 559 – Part VII Licensing by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Chapter 83 – Part II: Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
Chapter 386 – Part II: Indoor Air: Tobacco Smoke
Section 865.09: Fictitious Name Registration
Florida Administrative Code
The entire Florida Administrative Code is available in Microsoft Word format. The code is constantly revised. This site is maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State.
Chapter 61C-1: General Chapter 61C-3: Public Lodging Establishments, Chapter 61C-4: Public Food Service Establishments, Chapter 61C-8: Hospitality Education Programs Grants
- Revised 2022 December – pdf (29 pages)
FDA Food Code
Adopted Editions of the FDA Food Code U.S. Public Health Service — Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA Food Code is adopted by rule in Chapter 61C-1, Florida Administrative Code, and there are significant changes between editions. Industry bulletins in the table below summarize these changes.
|As Adopted||Effective||Industry Bulletins||Complete FDA Code|
|2017 PDF||11/01/2019||2019-02/2019-03||2017 FDA Food Code|
|2009 PDF||Replaced 11/2019||2012-03||2009 FDA Food Code|
|2001 PDF||Replaced 01/2013||2005-01||2001 FDA Food Code|
|1999 PDF||Replaced 02/2005||NA||1999 FDA Food Code|
|1997 PDF||Replaced 09/2003||NA||1997 FDA Food Code|
Rule Adoption Information
The PDF provides a summary of the division’s rule adoption activity, including rules adopted within the previous twelve months. All rule adoption must follow the requirements of Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. Public notices of rule adoption activity are published in the Florida Administrative Register.
- Revised 2022 October – pdf
To send questions or comments regarding the division’s administrative rules, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Applicable Codes (Including F.D.A. Food Code)
Florida Building Code
The Florida Building Code was created by the 2000 Florida Legislature to provide uniform regulations throughout the state. The code is adopted by rule 9B-3.047, Florida Administrative Code, by the Florida Building Commission with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The 2010 Florida Building Code became effective March 15, 2012. Chapters applicable to the division are:
- Public Lodging Establishments: Chapter 4, Section 425
- Public Food Service Establishments: Chapter 4, Section 426
This site is maintained by the International Code Council (ICC).
Florida Fire Prevention Code
The Florida Fire Prevention Code is an adaptation of NFPA 1 and NFPA 101. It is adopted as amended by Chapter 69A-60, Florida Administrative Code. The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of State Fire Marshal website provides additional information.
All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.
Steven von Bodungen, Director
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011