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Construction Laws and Dumping Regulations in Florida

For contractors and land developers in Florida, it can be risky, and tricky to start a project. This is due to the high number of regulations concerning Florida’s natural environments. Though being registered and within legal bounds is lengthy and costly,  it is best to get it right the first time to avoid unnecessary expenses. Here is how to be in line with the construction law and dumping regulations in Florida.

How to Prevent Disputes

When a construction dispute becomes public, the reputation of the business can be majorly affected.

These disputes are often caused by lack of oversight, disorganization, and miscommunication. With major assets like sub contractors and suppliers, it is important to keep everyone in communication. Not only that, but a record of events will prove useful should, a dispute be taken to court.

Should an incident occur and the insurance company does not cover the cost, the dispute may be sent to litigation.

The longer a dispute runs, the more the project will cost. Resolving a dispute before it has time to climax is the best option for developers.

Dumping Liabilities

It is good to know the proper laws surrounding waste, as Florida’s statutes on litter are very broad. This means that being caught in a violation of this statute is not so hard.

Penalties for illegal dumping of waste will result in either civil or criminal charges.

Civil – Accumulated waste  that exceeds 15 pounds and 27 cubic feet, but under 500 pounds and 100 cubic feet.  The charge will be a misdemeanor of the first degree, to which violator will be sentenced to remove the trash and/or perform some other type of community service.

Criminal – Weight of waste exceeds 500 pounds and 100 cubic feet and/or is hazardous waste material. The charge is a felony of the third degree, in which the violator must be responsible for all property damages and collection of waste. In a case like this, the violator must also prove in court that that the waste was dumped legally.

If you fear you may be in violation of a construction law or dumping law, seeking legal information can be the first step to remaining innocent. Visit wardtberg.com for more information how we can help you.

 

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