FL Relaxes Contractor Licensing Laws After Irma
In response to the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma, John Zachem, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, has suspended certain regulations that could slow down the repair of certain types of roofs.
The suspension, which applies to the 37 counties listed in FEMA’s Disaster Declaration, stipulates that a licensed general, building or residential contractor is not required to subcontract out roofing work, and that local jurisdictions are authorized to issue specialty licenses for roof repair.
Roof Repair Regulations
In the emergency order, Zachem stated that the Department was working to “suspend burdensome regulations and provide the resources needed during this difficult time to help quickly repair and rebuild.”
Roofing work that falls under the emergency order include flat roofs and roofs made with wood shakes, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, tiles or metal.
Gov. Rick Scott’s office detailed that licensed general, building and residential contractors will be permitted by the state to repair and install roofs, a practice they would previously have had to subcontract out to a specially licensed roofer. According to the Miami Herald, local government has also been given leeway to issue local and specialty contracting licenses for businesses that are already have more general licenses so that they can perform roof repairs.
“Right now, families across the state are beginning the challenging process of repairing and rebuilding their homes and businesses after the impact of this massive storm,” Scott said. “It is incredibly important that we do all we can to make it easier for these families to quickly and safely recover, which is why I have directed DBPR to take immediate action to suspend certain regulations that would hinder or delay recovery efforts.”
Zachem has also moved to waive department fees associated with the relocation and reopening of businesses that have been impacted by Irma.
“Florida’s high building standards and safety requirements will not be affected,” Scott’s office added.