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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 481
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F.S. 481.2251
481.2251 Disciplinary proceedings against registered interior designers.
(1) The following acts constitute grounds for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be taken:
(a) Attempting to register or renewing registration by bribery, by fraudulent misrepresentation, or through an error of the board;
(b) Having an interior design license, certification, or registration revoked, suspended, or otherwise acted against, including the denial of licensure, registration, or certification by the licensing authority of another jurisdiction for any act which would constitute a violation of this part or of chapter 455;
(c) Being convicted or found guilty of a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the provision of interior design services or to the ability to provide interior design services;
(d) False, deceptive, or misleading advertising;
(e) Making or filing a report which the registrant knows to be false, intentionally or negligently failing to file a report or record required by state or federal law, or willfully impeding or obstructing such filing or inducing another person to do so. Such reports or records shall include only those which are signed in the capacity as a registered interior designer;
(f) Making deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the provision of interior design services;
(g) Accepting and performing professional responsibilities which the registrant knows or has reason to know that she or he is not competent to perform;
(h) Rendering or offering to render architectural services; or
(i) Committing an act of fraud or deceit, or of negligence, incompetency, or misconduct, in the practice of interior design.
(2) When the board finds any person guilty of any of the grounds set forth in subsection (1), it may enter an order taking the following action or imposing one or more of the following penalties:
(a) Refusal to register the applicant;
(b) Refusal to renew an existing registration;
(c) Removal from the state registry; or
(d) Imposition of an administrative fine not to exceed $500 for each violation or separate offense and a fine of up to $2,500 for matters pertaining to a material violation of the Florida Building Code as reported by a local jurisdiction. 17, 24, ch. 88-383; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 306, ch. 94-119; s. 419, ch. 97-103; s. 131, ch. 98-166; s. 16, ch. 98-287; s. 122, ch. 2000-141; s. 191, ch. 2000-160; s. 35, ch. 2001-186; s. 4, ch. 2001-372; s. 4, ch. 2005-124; s. 52, ch. 2020-160.