The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), as well as other industry licensing boards, exists to ensure that those professions in the state of Florida requiring a license abide by the licensing regulations set forth. As Tallahassee contractor license defense lawyers, we’ve seen many put their businesses at risk when they do not have an understanding of licensing requirements.
Contractors must be classified as certified, registered, or specialty. These classifications will fall into either Division I or Division II which provides a guideline for the type of work contractors can perform and the location they can perform their work. Working outside of these designated parameters is a violation. Penalties and fines imposed will depend on the severity of the violation.
Complaints and Violations
The DBPR receives a variety of complaints including misallocation of funds, improper licensure, license renting, project abandonment, failing to obtain proper permits, and negligence. The investigators of the DBPR take violations seriously and will be investigating complaints. The board also performs site assessments and conduct sting operations and sweeps.
What Happens Next?
If a company or individual violates a license law, they will receive an Administrative Complaint from the DBPR. We strongly recommend you get legal advice when dealing with these types of violations because they can come with severe penalties, fines, or criminal charges. Receiving this complaint means you will either attend an informal or formal hearing. At this point, a license defense lawyer in Tallahassee is essential to you receiving a favorable outcome.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.