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What is a Stop-Work Order?


In the construction field, there are always opportunities for issues to arise. This is especially true with larger projects that have a lot of money involved. One issue that a contractor may have to deal with is a stop-work order.

As the name implies, a stop-work order requires the receiver to immediately stop working on a project, per Florida law. Regardless of the reason, it is crucial that the contractor stops work or else they could be harshly penalized or even become the target of a lawsuit. In fact, conducting any business operations after receiving a stop-work order is a third-degree felony. You will be penalized $1,000 per day that you continue to work in violation of the order. Here’s a closer look at stop-work orders.

Why Is There a Stop-Work Order on My Job?

A stop-work order could be issued for various reasons, including:

  • Workers’ compensation violations. This is the most common reason for stop-work orders. If a company has understated payroll, misrepresented workers’ duties, or failed to pay worker’s compensation at all, a stop-work order may be issued.
  • Safety violations. If the construction site is deemed hazardous or unsafe for workers, regulatory authorities may issue a stop-work order until the safety concerns are adequately addressed.
  • Financial issues. Financial issues are also a common reason for stop-work orders. If the construction company fails to meet financial obligations, such as payments to subcontractors or suppliers, or if the project funding is insufficient, a stop-work order may be issued until the financial matters are resolved.
  • Legal disputes. Legal disputes, such as property ownership conflicts or contractual disagreements, can result in stop-work orders until the issues are resolved through legal channels.
  • Building code violations. Failure to comply with building codes and regulations can result in a stop-work order until the necessary permits are obtained or the violations are rectified.
  • Environmental concerns. Projects that pose a risk to the environment or violate environmental regulations may be halted until appropriate measures are implemented.
  • Permit issues. Lack of proper permits or failure to adhere to permit conditions can lead to a stop-work order until the necessary paperwork is obtained and compliance is ensured.
  • Noise complaints. Complaints from neighboring properties regarding excessive noise, disruption, or other nuisances caused by the construction activities may prompt authorities to issue a stop-work order until the issues are mitigated.
  • Public safety concerns. Projects that pose a threat to public safety, such as unstable structures or compromised infrastructure, may be subject to a stop-work order until the hazards are mitigated.
  • Non-compliance with plans and specifications. If the construction deviates significantly from the approved plans and specifications, authorities may issue a stop-work order until the deviations are corrected.

Contact Us Today

Stop-work orders are nothing to mess around with. Make sure you comply with any requests for information.

A Florida construction lawyer from Linkhorst Law Firm, P.A. can help you understand the nuances of Florida’s stop-work order procedures and how to best defend yourself if you are faced with such an order. Schedule a consultation today by calling 561-626-8880 or filling out the online form.



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