Mold Protection Laws for Florida Residents

Mold growth can be a common problem in Florida homes and can pose health risks to residents. To protect Florida residents from mold, several laws have been enacted to ensure safe living conditions.

In this guide, we will explore the laws that protect Florida residents from mold, where to find these laws, and what you should expect when hiring a mold remediation company.

Understanding the Laws

Florida Mold-Related Statute (Chapter 468, Part XVI, Florida Statutes)

  • This statute specifically addresses the licensing and regulation of mold assessors and mold remediators in the state of Florida.
  • It establishes the standards for mold assessments, remediation protocols, and the qualifications required for professionals in the mold industry.

You can access the Florida Statutes online at the official website of the Florida Legislature (

Use the search function on the website and enter the respective statute numbers (Chapter 468, Part XVI and Chapter 553) to find the full text of the laws.

Florida Building Code (Chapter 553, Florida Statutes)

  • The Florida Building Code provides guidelines and regulations for construction, including measures to prevent and control mold growth.
  • It outlines building design, ventilation, and moisture control requirements that aim to minimize mold-related issues in both residential and commercial properties.

Hiring a Mold Remediation Company

When hiring a mold remediation company in Florida, it's crucial to ensure they meet the legal requirements and possess the necessary expertise. Here's what you should expect:

State-Licensed Professionals:

  • Florida law mandates that mold assessors and mold remediators must be licensed.
  • Verify the company's license by checking the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) website (
  • Written Assessment and Remediation Plan:

  • The mold remediation company should provide a written mold assessment report, detailing the extent of mold contamination and recommended remediation actions.
  • The remediation plan should outline the steps, materials, and equipment necessary to remove the mold and prevent future growth.
  • Proper Containment and Cleanup:

  • The company should follow industry-standard practices for containment and removal of mold-infested materials.
  • They should use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks, and coveralls, to ensure worker safety and prevent cross-contamination.
  • Effective Remediation Techniques:

  • The remediation process should include physical removal of mold colonies and treatment of affected areas to prevent regrowth.
  • The company should utilize appropriate cleaning agents and antimicrobial treatments approved for mold remediation.
  • Post-Remediation Verification:

  • After completing the mold remediation, the company should conduct a post-remediation assessment to ensure the successful removal of mold.
  • This assessment should include visual inspections and, if necessary, air or surface sampling to confirm the absence of mold.
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