Broward County, Florida Statute of Limitations

Under the Broward County Code of Ordinances, there are time period limitations on when a complaint or action can be brought against a person or entity for violating Broward County rules, regulations and other administrative resolutions. Below is a list of the statute of limitations related to those Broward County ordinances.

Broward County Contractors -  Complaints and disciplinary actions - Limits on Actions.

Complaints must be filed with the Broward County board no later than three (3) years after the occurrence of the alleged action(s) constituting a violation. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of a verified complaint, investigators for the applicable board shall complete their investigations. The time for completion of any investigation may be extended for up to an additional thirty (30) days if it is determined by the chief investigator for the boards that the matter being investigated is of such a complex nature that an additional period of time is necessary for a complete and full investigation.

Broward County Wages - Procedures for non-payment of earned wages claims

A signed complaint for non-payment of earned wages must be filed with Broward County in the manner prescribed by Administrative Rule no later than one (1) year after the last date upon which the complainant employee performed the work for a respondent employer with regard to which the employee alleges a violation of this chapter has occurred. If the alleged non-payment of earned wages violation is ongoing at the time of the filing of the complaint, the complaint may also seek recovery of amounts that accrue after the filing of the complaint. With regard to amounts that were due at the time the complaint was filed, an aggrieved employee may recover only those amounts that were specified in the notice required by subsection (1) above that became due and payable within the one (1) year period prior to the date the complaint was filed.


Broward County Discrimination -  Complaints and answers - Statute of Limitations.

An aggrieved person may, not later than one (1) year after an alleged discriminatory practice has occurred or terminated, file a complaint with the Broward County Human Rights Section alleging a discriminatory employment practice based on a Human Rights Act classification, any discriminatory employment practice committed by an employer who employs between five (5) and fourteen (14) employees, any discriminatory public accommodations practice, or any discriminatory housing practice, including any violation of federal and state fair housing laws. All complaints shall be in writing and must contain such information and be in the form required by the Human Rights Section. All complaints and answers submitted to the Human Rights Section shall be under oath or affirmation, and may be reasonably amended at any time.


Broward County False Claims - Civil actions for False Claims Filed with the County.

The purpose of the Broward County False Claims Ordinance is to deter persons from knowingly causing or assisting in causing the County to pay claims that are false, fraudulent, or inflated, and to provide remedies for obtaining damages and civil penalties for the County when money is sought or obtained from the County by reason of a false claim.

 A complaint shall be identified on its face as a qui tam action and shall be filed under seal in the circuit court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County. Immediately upon filing of a complaint by a person, a copy of the complaint and written disclosure of substantially all material evidence and information the person possesses shall be served on the County Administrator or designee by registered mail, return receipt requested. The County Administrator or designee may elect to proceed with the action, in lieu of the qui tam plaintiff, on behalf of the County, within one hundred eighty (180) days after he or she receives both the complaint and the material evidence and information.


Broward County Court Appointed Lawyers - Lien created; enforcement limitation period; recording.

There is hereby created a lien, enforceable as hereinafter provided, upon all the property, both real and personal, of any person who is receiving or has received any assistance from any attorney appointed to represent such person in any criminal proceeding by any court in Broward County, or in any juvenile proceeding under Chapter 39, F.S. or Chapter 985, F.S. Such assistance shall constitute a claim against the applicant and/or the parents of the applicant or their respective estates, enforceable in any manner in which mortgages are enforced in this state in an amount to be determined by the court in which such assistance was rendered. Immediately after such assistance is rendered and upon the court's determination of the value thereof and the name and residence of the recipient and/or of the recipient's parents, as the case may be, said claim of lien together with a certified copy of the court order directing payment to such court-appointed attorney shall be filed for record in the office of the County Comptroller of Broward County by the court-appointed attorney. Such liens shall be recorded by the department of finance at no charge. The proceeds of any such lien shall be utilized to reimburse the county to defray the costs of the court-appointed attorney. The lien herein created shall be effective for a period of twenty (20) years from the date of recordation of the statement of claim. No lien created by this division shall be foreclosed upon homestead property of the recipient.


More Statute of Limitations for Broward County and all of the State of Florida

Injury to a Person -  4 years -  See Florida Statute 95.11(3)(o)

Libel and/or Slander - 2 years - See Florida Statute 95.11(4)(g)

Fraud - 4 years - See Florida Statute 95.11(3)(j)

Injury to Personal Property - 4 years – See Florida Statute §95.11(3)(h)

Professional Malpractice - 2 years

Medical Malpractice : 2-4 years – See Florida Statute §95.11(4)(a) and (b)

Trespass - 4 years – See Florida Statute 95.11(3)(g)


(Written) - 5 year – See Florida Statute 95.11(2)(b)

(Oral) -  4 years – See Florida Statute 95.11(3)(k)


20 years – Florida judgments – See Florida Statute 95.11(1)

5 years - Foreign judgments -  See Florida Statute 95.11(2)(a)



Please Note: This information is for illustrative purposes and should not be relied upon – Please contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify this information because Broward County Law and Florida law related to Statutes of Limitation are constantly being amended and changed. 


Broward County, Florida - Code of Ordinances

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