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State law requires construction and asbestos abatement to be done by licensed contractors. You have applied for a permit under an exemption to those laws. A violation of this exemption is a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year and a $1,000.00 fine in addition to any civil penalties. In addition, the local permitting jurisdiction shall withhold final approval, revoke the permit, or pursue any action or remedy for unlicensed activity against the owner and any person performing work that requires licensure under the permit issued. The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own contractor even though you do not have a license. This exemption is subject to you accepting the following responsibilities.
1. I understand that state law requires construction to be done by a licensed contractor and have applied for an owner-builder permit under an exemption from the law. The exemption specifies that I, as the owner of the property listed, may act as my own contractor with certain restrictions even though I do not have a license.
3. I understand that, as an owner-builder, I am the responsible party of record on a permit. I understand that I may protect myself from potential risk by hiring a licensed contractor and having the permit filed in his or her name instead of my own name. I also understand that a contractor is required by law to be licensed in Florida and to list his or her license numbers on permits and contracts.
5. I understand that, as the owner-builder, I must provide direct, onsite supervision of the construction.
7. I understand that it is a frequent practice of unlicensed persons to have the property owner obtain an owner-builder permit that erroneously implies that the property owner is providing his or her own labor and materials. I, as an owner-builder, may be held liable and subjected to serious financial risk for any injuries sustained by an unlicensed person or his or her employees while working on my property. My homeowner’s insurance may not provide coverage for those injuries. I am willfully acting as an owner-builder and am aware of the limits of my insurance coverage for injuries to workers on my property.
9. I agree that, as the party legally and financially responsible for this proposed construction activity, I will abide by all applicable laws and requirements that govern owner-builders as well as employers. I also understand that the construction must comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations.
11. I am aware of, and consent to, an owner-builder permit applied for in my name and understand that I am the party legally and financially responsible for the proposed construction activity at the address listed below.
Before a building permit can be issued, this disclosure statement must be completed and signed by the property owner and returned to the local permitting agency responsible for issuing the permit. A copy of the property owner’s driver license, the notarized signature of the property owner, or other type of verification acceptable to the local permitting agency is required when the permit is issued.
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