Construction Industry Licensing Board
Florida Homeowners' Construction Recovery Fund Receives Additional Funding
Pursuant to House Bill 57 (2013), the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will be permitted to transfer additional funds in the to Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) to pay outstanding recovery claims during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Based on the additional funding, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have approved an $8 million dollar annual appropriation for payment of Recovery Fund claims.
Due to the previous economic downturn in the construction industry, the Recovery Fund received insufficient funds to pay all Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund claims in the same years that they were received. The Department is diligently working to resolve the resulting backlog of recovery fund claims and will make payments as funds become available. The Recovery Fund has a total of 589 completed claims awaiting review by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) with a total approximate value of $13,153,267.45. DBPR anticipates that the additional appropriation will permit 364 outstanding claims to be presented to the CILB for approval and payment.
The Department will continue to process claims until the claims are complete and ready for review by the CILB. The Department will then present claims to the Board, in the order they are completed, as funds become available. The Department will notify claimants by mail when the claims are complete and when they are ready for Board review. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.
APPLICATIONS AND LICENSURE: Streamlined Applications Released
In an effort to assist applicants through the licensure process and to reduce the number of deficient applications, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board conducted a complete review and revision of construction applications. The new application forms provide clearer instructions, reduce paperwork and provide clear criteria to establish financial stability/responsibility and work experience.
The Construction Industry Licensing Board will begin accepting the Department’s new streamlined applications beginning April 13th, 2012.There will be a ninety (90) day transition period during which the Department will continue to accept submission of the old applications; this period will end on July 16, 2012.
If you would like more information on the new bonding form or the required credit score, please visit the Department’s financial responsibility and stability website by clicking the following link: Contractor Financial Responsibility and Stability.
Cash for Clunkers Program for Air-conditioning Units
The State of Florida has initiated the Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program, which is designed to encourage existing homeowners to replace their old heating and cooling system with a properly-sized energy efficient system and to ensure that their heating and cooling duct system has minimal leakage. On Tuesday November 16, 2010, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 15A approving funding for all qualified applications for the Florida Energy Star Residential HVAC Rebate program subject to certain conditions. Specific details regarding the Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate Program are available at www.rebates.com/floridahvac.
Please remember that the installation of any air-conditioning unit must be performed by a state-licensed mechanical or air-conditioning contractor. Information regarding license requirements is available at www.MyFloridaLicense.com by clicking on “Doing Business with Us” and then clicking on “Construction Industry.” If you have reason to believe that someone is performing unlicensed contracting, we encourage you to contact the department at 1.866.532.1440, or you can download a complaint form by visiting the department’s “For Consumers” page.
For more information about the elimination of the qualified business license, view the Qualified Business License Elimination (HB 425) FAQ on our website.
Renewal of Qualified Business Licenses (Certificates of Authority)
House Bill 425 eliminates the qualified business license effective October 1, 2009, however licensees must still renew their qualified business licenses by August 31, 2009. Elimination of the qualified business license means that the department will no longer be issuing a separate license to your construction companies after the effective date of October 1, 2009. However, construction companies must still retain licensed qualifying agents, and the name of the company will still appear on the qualifying agent’s license. House Bill 425 still provides for a fee to process applications to qualify a business and their renewals. As such, you will still need to renew your qualified business licenses by August 31, 2009.
New Continuing Education Requirements for Certified and Registered Contractors
Laws and Rules Continuing Education
House Bill 7163 (2007 Legislative Session) revised the continuing education requirements for certified and registered contractors licensed by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. All certified and registered contractors must now complete one hour of laws and rules-related continuing education as part of the 14 hours that is currently required during each licensure cycle.
Wind Mitigation Methodologies Continuing Education
Senate Bill 1864 further revised the continuing education requirements for certain contractors licensed by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. Based on this statutory change, the Board filed a notice of proposed rule development which would affect Rule 61G4-18.001, Florida Administrative Code. The proposed rule language is currently set for adoption and will become effective on November 15, 2007.
The new rule requires all general, building, residential, roofing, specialty structure and glass and glazing contractors to complete one hour of continuing education related to wind mitigation methodologies as part of the 14 hours that is currently required. Wind mitigation methodology courses are defined as those topics listed in Section 553.844(2)(b)1.-5., Florida Statutes.
Enforcement of these new one hour requirements will begin with the expiration of certified licenses on August 31, 2008, and the expiration of registered licenses on August 31, 2009. Those licensees not in compliance with all continuing education requirements by the expiration date of their licenses may face non-renewal or disciplinary action.
Continuing Education Providers
Continuing education providers that desire to obtain approval to offer laws and rules-related courses must apply to the department. All new courses, and existing courses, must be evaluated by the Board and approved as laws and rules-related courses before credit will be offered. Applications for wind mitigation methodology continuing education courses will be accepted beginning on November 15, 2007. Application information for course providers is available on the Board’s website, at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Direct to Our Divisions > Professions and Professional Boards > Construction Industry.