Part I Architecture and Interior Design 481.201 – 481.231
Part II Landscape Architecture 481.301 – 481.329

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 481

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Applicable county: means : the county in this state in which a corporation's principal office is located or was located when an action is or was commenced; if the corporation has, and at the time of such action had, no principal office in this state, then in the county in which the corporation has, or at the time of such action had, an office in this state; or if the corporation does not have an office in this state, then in the county in which the corporation's registered office is or was last located. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Architecture: means the rendering or offering to render services in connection with the design and construction of a structure or group of structures which have as their principal purpose human habitation or use, and the utilization of space within and surrounding such structures. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Articles of incorporation: includes original, amended, and restated articles of incorporation, articles of share exchange, and articles of merger, and all amendments thereto. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Baseline: Projection of the receipts, outlays, and other budget amounts that would ensue in the future without any change in existing policy. Baseline projections are used to gauge the extent to which proposed legislation, if enacted into law, would alter current spending and revenue levels.
  • Beneficial shareholder: means a person who owns the beneficial interest in shares. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Board: means the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Board: means the Board of Landscape Architecture. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Burial-transit permit: means a permit issued by the department that authorizes the final disposition of a dead body. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Certificate of authorization: means a certificate issued by the department to a corporation or partnership to practice architecture or interior design. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Certificate of authorization: means a license issued by the department to a corporation or partnership to engage in the practice of landscape architecture. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth: means a certificate issued to record and memorialize the birth of a stillborn child. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Certificate of registration: means a license issued by the department to a natural person to engage in the practice of architecture or interior design. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Certificate of registration: means a license issued by the department to a natural person to engage in the practice of landscape architecture. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • certified: means a document containing all or a part of the exact information contained on the original vital record, and which, when issued by the State Registrar, has the full force and effect of the original vital record. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • 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.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dead body: means a human body or such parts of a human body from the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death recently occurred. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Health. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Department: means the Florida Department of State. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Dissolution of marriage: includes an annulment of marriage. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Diversified interior design experience: means experience which substantially encompasses the various elements of interior design services set forth under the definition of "interior design" in subsection (8). See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Expenses: means reasonable expenses of any kind that are incurred in connection with a matter. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fetal death: means death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction of a product of human conception from its mother if the 20th week of gestation has been reached and the death is indicated by the fact that after such expulsion or extraction the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Final disposition: means the burial, interment, entombment, cremation, removal from the state, anatomical donation, or other authorized disposition of a dead body or a fetus as described in subsection (8). See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Funeral director: means a licensed funeral director or direct disposer licensed pursuant to chapter 497 who first assumes custody of or effects the final disposition of a dead body or a fetus as described in subsection (8). See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Insolvent: means either:
    (a) The inability of a corporation to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of its business; or
    (b) The value of the corporation's total assets are less than the sum of its total liabilities, at fair valuation. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Interest: means :
    (a) A share in a corporation for profit;
    (b) A membership in a nonprofit corporation;
    (c) A partnership interest in a general partnership, including a limited liability partnership;
    (d) A partnership interest in a limited partnership, including a limited liability limited partnership;
    (e) A membership interest in a limited liability company;
    (f) A share or beneficial interest in a real estate investment trust;
    (g) A member's interest in a limited cooperative association;
    (h) A beneficial interest in a statutory trust, business trust, or common law business trust; or
    (i) A governance interest or distributional interest in another entity. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Interior decorator services: includes the selection or assistance in selection of surface materials, window treatments, wallcoverings, paint, floor coverings, surface-mounted lighting, surface-mounted fixtures, and loose furnishings not subject to regulation under applicable building codes. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Interior design: includes , but is not limited to, reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • interior designer: means a natural person who is licensed under this part. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • 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.
  • Landscape architecture: means professional services, including, but not limited to, the following:
    (a) Consultation, investigation, research, planning, design, preparation of drawings, specifications, contract documents and reports, responsible construction supervision, or landscape management in connection with the planning and development of land and incidental water areas, including the use of Florida-friendly landscaping as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Landscape design: means consultation for and preparation of planting plans drawn for compensation, including specifications and installation details for plant materials, soil amendments, mulches, edging, gravel, and other similar materials. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Legal age: means a person who is not a minor, or a minor who has had the disability of nonage removed as provided under chapter 743. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Live birth: means the complete expulsion or extraction of a product of human conception from its mother, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, which, after such expulsion, breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, and definite movement of the voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Markup: The process by which congressional committees and subcommittees debate, amend, and rewrite proposed legislation.
  • Medical examiner: means a person appointed pursuant to chapter 406. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Nonviable birth: means an unintentional, spontaneous fetal demise occurring after the completion of the 9th week of gestation but prior to the 20th week of gestation of a pregnancy that has been verified by a health care practitioner. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • oath: includes affirmations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • 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.
  • Office of Economic and Demographic Research: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • 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 88.6011
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Physician: means a person authorized to practice medicine, osteopathic medicine, or chiropractic medicine pursuant to chapter 458, chapter 459, or chapter 460. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Proceeding: includes a civil suit, a criminal action, an administrative action, and an investigatory action. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Record shareholder: means :
    (a) The person in whose name shares are registered in the records of the corporation; or
    (b) The person identified as a beneficial owner of shares in the beneficial ownership certificate under…. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • records: means certificates or reports of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, dissolution of marriage, name change filed pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • registered architect: means a natural person who is licensed under this part to engage in the practice of architecture. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Registered landscape architect: means a person who holds a license to practice landscape architecture in this state under the authority of this act. See Florida Statutes 481.303
  • Registrant: means the child entered on a birth certificate, the deceased entered on a death certificate, and the husband or wife entered on a marriage or dissolution of marriage record. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Responsible supervising control: means the exercise of direct personal supervision and control throughout the preparation of documents, instruments of service, or any other work requiring the seal and signature of a licensee under this part. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Shareholder: means a record shareholder. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Shares: means the units into which the proprietary interests in a corporation are divided. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Stillbirth: means an unintended, intrauterine fetal death after a gestational age of not less than 20 completed weeks. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Townhouse: is a single-family dwelling unit not exceeding three stories in height which is constructed in a series or group of attached units with property lines separating such units. See Florida Statutes 481.203
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Unrestricted voting trust beneficial owner: means , with respect to any shareholder rights, a voting trust beneficial owner whose entitlement to exercise the shareholder right in question is not inconsistent with the voting trust agreement. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • veteran: means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Vital statistics: means a system of registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, the collection of other reports required by this act, and activities related thereto, including the tabulation, analysis, and publication of data obtained from vital records. See Florida Statutes 481.225
  • Voting trust beneficial owner: means an owner of a beneficial interest in shares of the corporation held in a voting trust established pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 607.01401
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • 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 88.6011
  • Writing: means printing, typewriting, electronic communication, or other communication that is reducible to a tangible form. See Florida Statutes 607.01401