Department of Management Services

Design Professionals

General Information:

Photograph of Design Professionals looking at building plans.

A/E Opportunities 
Design Professional Fee Guidelines 
Forms and Document 
Professional License Information (DBPR) 
Corporate/LP/LLC Inquiry (DOS)



Design Professional Selection Process

DMS’ Project Manager and the owner establish the selection committee for the Design Professional. Once established, the committee proceeds with the selection of design professionals, in accordance with Florida statutes. The selection process includes:

  • Establishment of Selection Committee and Selection Schedule
  • Advertisement for Professional Services
  • Review of Applicant's Submittal Package by Selection Committee
  • Selection of Most Qualified Firms (Short List) by Selection Committee
  • Selection Committee Interviews and Ranks Short List Firms
  • Negotiate Agreement with Top Ranked Firm
  • Agreement Awarded to Design Firm


Prior to negotiating an agreement, the top ranked firm provides the following information to our Contract Administrator:

  • Fee Proposal
  • Justification of Overhead Rate
  • Salaries
  • Proposed Phases, Schedule and Payments
  • Proposed Additional Services
  • Proposed Construction Site Visits


DMS Project Managers coordinate with our Contract Administrator to negotiate with the top ranked firm an agreement for professional services. Once agreed upon, and prior to execution, the DMS General Counsel’s Office reviews and approves the agreement. This review aids in eliminating future legal problems between professional firms and REDM, which results in a smooth running construction experience for the owners that we represent.