(1) The State Fire Marshal shall investigate the alleged illegal action of any fire protection system contractor or permittee certified under this chapter and hold hearings pursuant to chapter 120.
(2) The following acts constitute cause for disciplinary action:
(a) Violation of any provision of this chapter or of any rule adopted pursuant thereto.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 633.338
- Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Department: means the Department of Financial Services. See Florida Statutes 633.102
- Fire protection system: means a system individually designed to protect the interior or exterior of a specific building or buildings, structure, or other special hazard from fire. See Florida Statutes 633.102
- Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
- Suspension: means the temporary withdrawal of a license, certificate, or permit issued pursuant to this chapter. See Florida Statutes 633.102
- Use: means application, employment; that enjoyment of property which consists of its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice. See Florida Statutes 633.102
- writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01
(b) Violation of the applicable building codes or laws of this state or any municipality or county thereof.
(c) Diversion of funds or property received for prosecution or completion of a specified construction project or operation when, as a result of the diversion, the contractor is, or will be, unable to fulfill the terms of her or his obligation or contract.
(d) Disciplinary action by any municipality, county, or special district, which action shall be reviewed by the State Fire Marshal before taking any disciplinary action.
(e) Failure to supervise the installation of the fire protection system covered by the building permit signed by the contractor.
(f) Rendering a fire protection system, standpipe system, or underground water supply main connecting to the system inoperative except when the fire protection system, standpipe system, or underground water supply main is being inspected, serviced, tested, or repaired, or except pursuant to court order.
(g) Improperly servicing, repairing, testing, or inspecting a fire protection, standpipe system, or underground water supply main connecting to the system.
(h) Failing to provide proof of insurance to the State Fire Marshal or failing to maintain in force the insurance coverage required by s. 633.318.
(i) Failing to obtain, retain, or maintain one or more of the qualifications for a certificate as specified in this chapter.
(j) Making a material misstatement, misrepresentation, or committing a fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain a certificate.
(k) Failing to notify the State Fire Marshal, in writing, within 30 days after a change of residence address, principal business address, or name.
(3) The State Fire Marshal may suspend the contractor’s certificate for a period of up to 2 years. During that period, the contractor must cease all operations as a contractor, but the State Fire Marshal may authorize the certificateholder to complete any contracts then incomplete.
(4) During the suspension or revocation of the certificate, the former certificateholder shall not engage in or attempt to profess to engage in any transaction or business for which a certificate is required under this chapter or directly or indirectly own, control, or be employed in any manner by any firm or corporation for which a certificate under this chapter is required. The department shall not, so long as the revocation or suspension remains in effect, grant any new certificate for the establishment of any new firm, business, or corporation of any person that has or will have the same or similar management, ownership, control, or employees or that will use a same or similar name as a previously revoked or suspended firm, business, or corporation.
(5) The State Fire Marshal may deny, suspend, or revoke the certificate of:
(a) Any person, firm, or corporation the certificate of which under this chapter has been suspended or revoked.
(b) Any firm or corporation if an officer, director, stockholder, owner, or person interested directly or indirectly has had his or her certificate under this chapter suspended or revoked.
(c) Any person who is or has been an officer, director, stockholder, or owner of a firm or corporation, or who was interested directly or indirectly in a corporation, the certificate of which has been suspended or revoked under this chapter.
(6) The lapse or suspension of a certificate by operation of law or by order of the State Fire Marshal or a court or its voluntary surrender by a certificateholder does not deprive the State Fire Marshal of jurisdiction to investigate or act in disciplinary proceedings against the certificateholder.
(7) The filing of a petition in bankruptcy, either voluntary or involuntary, or the making of a composition of creditors or the appointment of a receiver for the business of the certificateholder may be considered by the State Fire Marshal as just cause for suspension of a certificate.