DBPR Bottom Line: Fast Facts for Florida Business Leaders

March 5, 2010

Dear Friends:

Unlicensed activity has been a popular topic among licensees, particularly with the downturn in the economy. As I shared in last week's "Bottom Line" message, many of the people I've met with during "On the Road 2 Better Business, Part 2" have voiced the common concern that unlicensed individuals are stealing work from law-abiding licensees. Additionally, unlicensed individuals pose serious financial and personal harm to consumers. In an effort to stop unlicensed activity, DBPR executes statewide unlicensed activity enforcement efforts. Today concludes the most recent week-long unlicensed activity operation.

This week, DBPR conducted 21 sweeps in eight professions and checked 443 licenses at 241 locations. DBPR issued 24 citations, 16 cease and desist notices, and opened 35 cases related to unlicensed activity. A sweep involves checking licenses to ensure compliance with state laws.

Based on feedback from our customers, investigators focused on low voltage electrical contracting and community association manager firms. Limited Energy Systems Specialty Contractor's license is required to do low voltage electrical work, such as the installation of home theater and surround sound systems, wired computer networks, closed circuit televisions, electric locks and central vacuums. Investigators also checked community association manager firm licenses to ensure compliance with a law enacted in 2009 that requires CAM businesses to be licensed.

Consumers and licensees are our partners in the fight against unlicensed activity. Consumers should always check for state-required licensure, and anyone who suspects unlicensed activity should report it. For more information on unlicensed activity, please visit the unlicensed activity Web page.

Sincerely,

Charlie Liem's Signature

Charlie Liem
Interim Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

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