FLORIDA – Building Codes & Workforce
Issue: HB 1021 – Construction
Affects: Pool & Spa Contractors
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Bill Summary: The bill revises the process by which the Florida Building Code (Code) is updated by requiring the Florida Building Commission (FBC) to review and determine which parts of the international and national codes to adopt instead of automatically adopting the international and national codes; requiring the FBC to adopt any provision necessary to maintain eligibility for federal funding from national programs and agencies; providing that certain amendments to the Code are not rendered void when the Code is updated; and requiring the FBC to adopt the Code by a two-thirds vote. Of utmost importance to APSP and all the construction industry; the bill adopts certain recommendations made by the Construction Industry Workforce Taskforce (CIWT) to address the worker shortage. Additionally, the bill provides that professional engineers may certify solar energy systems; prohibits a political subdivision from adopting or enforcing ordinances or building permit requirements that conflict with corporate trademarks, logos, color patterns or branding of business activities related to the sale of liquid fuels or other franchises; prohibits special or independent districts from requiring payment of additional fees, charges, or expenses, related to providing proof of licensure and insurance coverage; prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring homeowners to pay for painting permits, separate water connections for fire sprinkler systems, and larger water meters; requires local jurisdictions to calculate their cost savings when owners or contractors hire private providers for inspection services in lieu of local building inspectors and to reduce the fees accordingly; includes municipal gas utilities in the exemption from construction contracting licensure requirements for public utilities; allows certified electrical and alarm system contractors to act as a prime contractor provided the majority of the work is within the scope of the contractor’s license; allows a person to take the plans examiner or inspector exam after completing a four year internship; revises definitions to authorize local governments and state agencies to contract with certain persons to perform building inspections or supervise building code activities; and allows building officials to provide building official services in jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or less under interagency agreements, and allows building officials to act as private providers.
Status: HB 1021 – Passed House as amended by a vote of 119-0 on April 19. Passed Senate as amended by 34-2 on May 5. Passed House as amended by 116-0 on May 5. Approved by Governor on June 26.
Final version (5/4/2017): https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/1021/BillText/er/PDF