Architect Licensing

Overview

The Architecture Industry is highly regulated by every state in the country. While all states require individual architects to have an architect license, most now require licensing for architectural firms as well. In fact, several states, such as Washington, have implemented new registration requirements as recently as July 2011. Just because your architectural firm did not need a license a year ago does not mean you do not need one now. Furthermore, applying for an architect license without the proper supporting documentation may result in costly delays. Let LicenseLogix determine whether you need any licenses and then streamline the process of obtaining them!

Background

Most states issue licenses to architectural firms through their Board of Architecture which may be combined with their State Board for Professional Engineering, Land Surveying, and/or Interior Design. These states may also have unique name requirements which may limit the names under which an architectural firm may provide services. Architectural/Design Firm license applications may be denied if your firm name conflicts with the specific requirements of a state.

Generally, the first step in applying for an architectural firm license is to comply with the name requirements which may require registration of a DBA (“doing business as”). The second step is to obtain an individual architect’s license in the appropriate state for your “Designated Architect” who will qualify your firm for a license. To do so, the individual may be required to take an examination or qualify by reciprocity with a state in which they are already licensed. The final step is to apply for your Architectural Firm License or Registration. The application will usually require a fee, ranging from about $50 to $150 as well as attachments such as copies of licenses and various corporate documents. Once the license is issued, renewals are required to be filed either annually or biennially, varying by state.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

If an unlicensed architectural firm or an architectural firm with an expired license is operating in a state that requires licensure, it may be subject to harsh fines and/or suspension or even revocation of any individual licenses held by principles of the firm.

How we help your business:

  1. We stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. We prepare your architectural license application packets efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper licenses.
  3. Once your architectural license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all licensing laws.

More Resources:

- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
- The American Institute of Architects


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