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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 553
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS
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F.S. 553.74
553.74 Florida Building Commission.
(1) The Florida Building Commission is created and located within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for administrative purposes. Members are appointed by the Governor subject to confirmation by the Senate. The commission is composed of 19 members, consisting of the following members:
(a) One architect licensed pursuant to chapter 481 with at least 5 years of experience in the design and construction of buildings designated for Group E or Group I occupancies by the Florida Building Code. The American Institute of Architects, Florida Section, is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(b) One structural engineer registered to practice in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Engineering Society is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(c) One air-conditioning contractor, mechanical contractor, or mechanical engineer certified to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association, the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Florida, and the Florida Engineering Society are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(d) One electrical contractor or electrical engineer certified to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Association of Electrical Contractors; the National Electrical Contractors Association, Florida Chapter; and the Florida Engineering Society are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(e) One certified general contractor or one certified building contractor certified to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, the Florida Associated General Contractors Council, the Florida Home Builders Association, and the Union Contractors Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(f) One plumbing contractor licensed to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(g) One roofing or sheet metal contractor certified to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(h) One certified residential contractor licensed to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Home Builders Association is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(i) Three members who are municipal, county, or district codes enforcement officials, one of whom is also a fire official. The Building Officials Association of Florida and the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(j) One member of a Florida-based organization of persons with disabilities or a nationally chartered organization of persons with disabilities with chapters in this state which complies with or is certified to be compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
(k) One member of the manufactured buildings industry who is licensed to do business in this state and is actively engaged in the industry. The Florida Manufactured Housing Association is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(l) One member of the building products manufacturing industry who is authorized to do business in this state and is actively engaged in the industry. The Florida Building Material Association, the Florida Concrete and Products Association, and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(m) One member who is a representative of the building owners and managers industry who is actively engaged in commercial building ownership or management. The Building Owners and Managers Association is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(n) One member who is a representative of the insurance industry. The Florida Insurance Council is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(o) One member who is a swimming pool contractor licensed to do business in this state and actively engaged in the profession. The Florida Swimming Pool Association and the United Pool and Spa Association are encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(p) The Chief Resilience Officer or his or her designee.
(q) One member who is a representative of a natural gas distribution system and who is actively engaged in the distribution of natural gas in this state. The Florida Natural Gas Association is encouraged to recommend a list of candidates for consideration.
(2) All appointments shall be for terms of 4 years. Each person who is a member of the Board of Building Codes and Standards on the effective date of this act shall serve the remainder of their term as a member of the Florida Building Commission. Any member who shall, during his or her term, cease to meet the qualifications for original appointment, through ceasing to be a practicing member of the profession indicated or otherwise, shall thereby forfeit membership on the commission.
(3) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided by s. 112.061.
(4) Each appointed member is accountable to the Governor for the proper performance of the duties of the office. The Governor shall cause to be investigated any complaint or unfavorable report received concerning an action of the commission or any member and shall take appropriate action thereon. The Governor may remove from office any appointed member for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, or being found guilty of, a felony.
(5) Notwithstanding s. 112.313 or any other provision of law, a member of any of the commission’s technical advisory committees or a member of any other advisory committee or workgroup of the commission, does not have an impermissible conflict of interest when representing clients before the commission or one of its committees or workgroups. However, the member, in his or her capacity as member of the committee or workgroup, may not take part in any discussion on or take action on any matter in which he or she has a direct financial interest.
History.s. 5, ch. 74-167; s. 2, ch. 77-365; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 1, 2, ch. 80-231; ss. 1, 3, 4, ch. 81-7; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 2, ch. 83-265; ss. 3, 5, 6, ch. 91-172; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 803, ch. 97-103; s. 41, ch. 98-287; s. 76, ch. 2000-141; s. 63, ch. 2000-154; s. 15, ch. 2002-293; ss. 664, 665, ch. 2003-261; s. 11, ch. 2008-191; s. 33, ch. 2010-176; s. 415, ch. 2011-142; s. 31, ch. 2011-222; s. 15, ch. 2013-193; s. 19, ch. 2014-154; s. 67, ch. 2016-10; s. 79, ch. 2020-160.