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Open/Expired Permits, Online Remote Notaries Become Law

Jun 13, 2019

Dear Public Policy Stakeholders,

I have great news regarding two of our 2019 legislative priorities. Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 447 and HB 409 into law today, which provide remedies to open and expired permits and allow the use of online remote notaries in real estate transactions, respectively.

To address the problem of open and expired permits, HB 447 allows local governments to close a permit six years after its issuance as long as no apparent safety hazards exist. It also prevents local governments from penalizing property owners for an open permit that was applied for by a previous owner. The remedies to open and expired permits will become effective on Oct. 1, 2019.

In addition to authorizing the use of online remote notaries, HB 409 also contains measures that protect the integrity and security of the documents being notarized. The use of online remote notaries becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

Many thanks to the leadership of Governor DeSantis, Rep. Ben Diamond, Sen. Keith Perry, Rep. James Grant and Sen. Jeff Brandes for their efforts to make remedies to open/expired permits and online remote notaries a reality.


Danielle Scoggins

Vice President of Public Policy

Florida Realtors®