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Florida Suspends Some Roofing Repair Regulations

Declaration will speed up roof repairs in 37 counties hit by Irma

September 18, 2017
Operation Blue Roof is a free service managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for FEMA

To aid in the clean up after Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued an emergency order that suspends certain roofing regulations for 37 counties listed in FEMA's Disaster Declaration dated September 13, 2017.

Above: Operation Blue Roof is a free service managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. Click here for more information.

John Zachem, secretary of the department, said he felt it was necessary “to suspend burdensome regulations and provide the resources needed during this difficult time to help quickly repair and rebuild.”

The Emergency Order says roofing repair work does not need to be subcontracted from a certified or registered contractor as required by the state in non-emergency installations.

Local governments can also issue local and specialty contracting licenses for individuals and businesses that are already licensed in jurisdictions throughout Florida so they can perform roofing repair and installation in impacted areas.

Florida is also waiving all department fees for occupational or professional businesses who must relocate or reopen because of damage caused by Irma and its effects.

image:FEMA/1st Lt. Kenneth Bolton

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