Landscape Irrigation Rules and Regulations

Course Description: 

Due to water conservation efforts the State of Florida and local municipalities have adopted new rules and codes to regulate the design, installation, and management of landscape irrigation systems. This course will cover an introduction to rules and regulations, local ordinances, regional rules and regulations, State rules and regulations, and national rules and regulations.

The Landscape Irrigation Rules and Regulations Course is approved for 3 General CEU’s and 1 Business Practices CEU in Lake and Pinellas Counties, 4 General CEU’s in Dade County, and 2 General CEC’s and 2 Laws and Rules CEC’s by the Board of Landscape Architects.

Course Topics:

1.    Introduction to rules and regulations

  • Why do we have rules and regulations for landscape irrigation
  • What is the difference between a law, code, ordinance, and rule
  • Where to look for updated laws, codes, and ordinances
  • What entity creates the laws that regulate your business

2.    General Business

  • Define and explain an occupational license
  • Define and explain a business tax receipt
  • Define and explain irrigation licensure
  • Define and explain a county issued “competency card”
  • Discuss the new law on regulating who can advertise “licensed and insured”
  • Define and explain “State Certified”
  • Define and explain “State Licensed”
  • Define what is a regulated trade
  • Define and explain subcontracting a regulated trade

3.    Local Ordinances

  • Brief overview of local ordinances around the state
  • Explanation of local ordinances in county of class
  • Explanation of local ordinances in city of class

4     Regional rules and regulations

  • Water management districts
  • Consumptive use permitting
  • Florida Water Star Guidelines

5.    State rules and regulations

  • Florida statutes regarding landscape irrigation
  • Florida statutes regarding Florida Friendly guidelines
  • Florida statutes and Florida Administrative Code regarding reclaimed water for irrigation
  • Define and explain Florida Building Code – Plumbing Appendix F regarding irrigation construction standards

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