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A Building Official's Guide to the Professional Practice of Architects & Engineers in Florida

In March 2011, AIA Florida in collaboration with the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES) released the document A Building Official's Guide to the Professional Practice of Architects & Engineers in Florida to provide guidance for both design professional and local code compliance officials, with regard to the interpretation of certain aspects of Florida licensing laws.

Design of the built environment in Florida is regulated by applicable building codes and Florida statutes governing the regulation of the professions. Florida licensed architects and engineers collaborate on the design of new buildings and additions as necessary, within the areas of practice for which they have been trained and educated, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Florida. Architects and engineers are required to sign and seal plans and specifications they prepare for submittal to a permitting agency as a public record. The design of new buildings and building additions can be completed by any qualified licensed design professional as outlined by the state statutes for the applicable design professional. Larger and/or complex projects are best accomplished as a team project.

Registered Interior Designers and Landscape Architects are design professionals that are also defined in Chapter 481 of the Florida Statutes. Practice definitions for those professions are included in the reference section.

Disclaimer - This document is not a substitute or replacement for Florida Statutes or Rules governing the practice of Architecture or Engineering in Florida. This document is a guideline to assist in the application of the governing regulations. Please refer to the Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code for the complete text of the items cited in this guide.

 

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