Declaratory Statements

A declaratory statement is the sole means for obtaining a binding interpretation or opinion from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation concerning the applicability of statutory provisions, rules or orders over which the Department has authority (Chapters 455 and 468, Part XV, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 61G-3, Florida Administrative Code).

A petition for a declaratory statement may only be used to resolve questions or doubts as to how the statutes, rules or orders may apply to the petitioner’s particular circumstances. A declaratory statement is not the appropriate means for determining the conduct of another person or for obtaining a policy statement of general applicability from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Section 120.565, Florida Statutes, and 28.105, Florida Administrative Code, set forth the requirements for filing a petition for declaratory statement from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Below is a list of previously issued declaratory statements dating back to 1993, indexed by statutes or rule. Please note past statements may be affected by new statute amendments and rule changes so refer to the Statute/Rule cited to verify the information is still applicable. Please note the petitions which have been denied by the Department are not included.

Petitions for declaratory statements should be sent to:

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Real Estate
400 W Robinson St N801
Orlando, FL 32801

  • Statute: 475.611(1)(a) – DS-92-01
    Petitioner: Hunnicutt-Arnold, Inc.
    Subject: Required disclosure when acting in capacity of ad valorem advocate
  • Statute: 475.611(1)(c),(d),(m)– DS-2013-076
    Petitioner:  Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
    Subject: Requirements when using in-house appraisal process for in-house lending services.
  • Statute: 475.611(1)(c),(d),(m)– DS-2014-018
    Petitioner:  Altus Group U.S., Inc.
    Subject: Coordination of appraisal services and acting as intermediary constitute appraisal management services.
  • Statute: 475.6221– DS- 2014-088
    Petitioner:  Eileen Poulos
    Subject: Supervision of registered trainee appraisers.
  • Statute: 475.624(17) – DS-92-01
    Petitioner: Hunnicutt-Arnold, Inc.
    Subject: Required disclosure when acting in capacity of ad valorem advocate

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Katy McGinnis, Director

Division of Real Estate
400 West Robinson Street, N801
Orlando, Florida 32801

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040