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(b) This subsection does not exempt any person who is employed by or has a contract with such
owner and who acts in the capacity of a contractor. The owner may not delegate the owner’s
responsibility to directly supervise all work to any other person unless that person is registered or
certified under this part and the work being performed is within the scope of that person’s license.
For the purposes of this subsection, the term “owners of property” includes the owner of a mobile
home situated on a leased lot.
(c) To qualify for exemption under this subsection, an owner must personally appear and sign the
building permit application and must satisfy local permitting agency requirements, if any, proving
that the owner has a complete understanding of the owner’s obligations under the law as specified
in the disclosure statement in this section. However, for purposes of implementing a “United
States Department of Energy SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge” grant and the
participation of county and municipal governments, an owner’s notarized signature or personal
appearance to sign the permit application is not required for a solar project, as described in
subparagraph (a)3., if the building permit application submitted electronically to the permitting
agency and owner certifies the application and disclosure statement using the permitting agency’s
electronic confirmation system. If any person violates the requirements of this subsection, the
local permitting agency 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 local permitting agency shall provide the person with a
disclosure statement in substantially the following form:
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.
2. I understand that building permits are not required to be signed by a property owner unless
he or she is responsible for the construction and is not hiring a licensed contractor to assume
3. I understand, as an owner-builder, I am the responsible party of record on a permit. I
understand that I may protect myself from potential financial risk by hiring a licensed
contractor and having the permit filed in his or her name instead of my own name. I also
understand a contractor is required by law to be licensed in Florida and to list his or her
license numbers on permits or contracts.
4. I understand that I may build or improve a one-family or two-family residence or a farm
outbuilding. I may also build or improve a commercial building if the costs do not exceed
$75,000. The building or residence must be for my own use or occupancy. It may not be built
or substantially improved for sale or lease, unless I am completing the requirements of a
building permit where the contractor listed on the permit substantially completed the project. If
a building or residence that I have built or substantially improved myself is sold or leased
within 1 year after the construction is complete, the law will assume I built or substantially
improved it for sale or lease, which violates the exemption.
5. I understand that, as the owner/builder, I must provide direct, onsite supervision of the