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How do you interpret this?

Discussion in 'Architects & Engineers' started by jar546, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    What is your thought on the underlined section? How do you interpret the word "building?"

    If you renovate for less than $25,000 on a commercial building, are you exempt?
    OR
    Is this intended to be for the design or renovation of buildings with a building value less thjan $25,000?

    481.229 Exceptions; exemptions from licensure.—
    (1) No person shall be required to qualify as an architect in order to make plans and specifications for, or supervise the erection, enlargement, or alteration of:
    (a) Any building upon any farm for the use of any farmer, regardless of the cost of the building;
    (b) Any one-family or two-family residence building, townhouse, or domestic outbuilding appurtenant to any one-family or two-family residence, regardless of cost; or
    (c) Any other type of building costing less than $25,000, except a school, auditorium, or other building intended for public use, provided that the services of a registered architect shall not be required for minor school projects pursuant to s. 1013.45.
     
  2. Ty J.

    Ty J. Sawhorse

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    Interesting language... I presume that this is your state code regarding architects.

    (c), per my read, indicates that an architect is exempt when the value of the entire building is less than $25k.

    This reads pretty strong as it would pretty much mean all commercial except for a shed. It does not appear to differentiate between new construction and existing, which may lead to an interpretation that any modification requires a licensed architect when the building is worth more than $25k.
     
  3. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Sawhorse

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    When I worked in Florida (early 90's) the $25,000.00 exemption was applied to the contract price of the work
     
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    my250r11 Sawhorse

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    The wording in red to me is saying that commercial is not an exception. Intend for public use covers pretty much all commercial.
     
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  5. mark handler

    mark handler Sawhorse

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    I agree
     
  6. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    Agree agree
     
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    steveray Sawhorse

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    I would say the intent is the $25K project even though it is written poorly....And at least most commercial it would seem unless you have a definition of public?...
     
  8. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    So what if you are renovating a dwelling unit within a high-rise condominium and the renovation is under $25,000. Would that be exempt from an RDP under your opinion?
     
  9. ADAguy

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    Only if it were non-structural T.I./decorative work
     
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    With no context, I would interpret it to mean the building, not the contract value. I would seek a written intent statement from the authority on this requirements.

    Assuming the intention is the contract value, I would not require an RDP for interior renovations not impacting structural, fire, or life safety systems.
     
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