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Governor Ron DeSantis Signed HB 827 - Engineering - Into Law Friday June 7

Wednesday, June 12, 2019   (2 Comments)
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HB 827/SB 616 - Engineering (Toledo/Perry)

This bill, proposed by FES and ACEC-FL, will go into effect October 1, 2019. The next steps are for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) to create rules in Administrative Code 61G15.

The Bills provisions include:

  • Removes the requirement that engineers obtain a separate engineering business license (certificate of authorization) for their engineering firm
  • Allows a licensed engineer to qualify an engineering business and provides requirements for such
  • Requires a temporary registration instead of a temporary certificate of authorization for out-of-state engineering businesses
  • Requires successor engineers to assume full responsibility when assuming the work of another engineer and releases an original engineer from liability for prior work assumed by the successor engineer
  • Prohibits a local government from contracting for construction engineering inspections with the same entities that perform design services on the same project when a project is wholly or partially funded by FDOT under Ch. 337
  • Clarifies the types of projects that require a special inspection
  • Allows graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering to sit for the PE Exam prior to completion of the 4-year experience requirement (4 years of experience is still required before the license is approved), and allows graduates with a Bachelor degree in Engineering Technology to obtain a PE license with 6 years of experience
  • Requires applicants for licensure to submit proof of being 18 years of age or older
  • Allows the Board to toll the timeframe that an application must be granted or denied in certain circumstances instead of requiring automatic denial
  • Allows Boards that regulate professions under Ch. 455, F.S., to accept applications from applicants with a voided license without completely repeating the initial application process
  • Revises provisions related to alternate plans review by private providers under ch. 553 


FES/ACEC-FL Staff - Chad Faison says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Cesar, you are 100% correct on your statement. For Engineers with a BS in Engineering Technology, they would be required to take the PE exam, and have 6 years of experience to become a licensed PE. We're working on an article that will provide clarity on the changes from HB 827. Please stay tuned! ---FES/ACEC-FL Staff, Chad Faison
Cesar D. Borges says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
"Allows graduates with a Bachelor degree in Engineering Technology to obtain a PE license with 6 years of experience" ... I would imagine that passing the PE Exam would also be required.