District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture


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Contact Information

Physical address:
1100 4th Street SW, 500 East
Washington, DC 200024

Phone: 202-442-4320

Web: Home Name search File online
Email: opla.design@dc.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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District of Columbia Architect License

Agency:District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Fact Checked:8/10/19
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Not required

Initial Registration

This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in District of Columbia for the first time.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$65.00 application fee + $65.00 exam fee

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Reciprocal Registration

This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in District of Columbia.

Agency Fee:

$65

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architects that are already licensed in District of Columbia and need to renew their license.

Agency Fee:

$155

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

District of Columbia Architecture Firm License

Not required



Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia will require architecture firms to obtain a license sometime in 2020.

More information: District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the principal officers must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Professional Corporations:

  • Each of the of the original shareholders and directors must licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
  • At least one of the principal officers must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

District of Columbia Interior Designer License

Agency:District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$65 application fee + $110 license fee.

Fact Checked:11/18/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

By October 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/18/19

District of Columbia Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



Landscape Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

Firm licenses are not currently issued in the District of Columbia, however, firms will need to apply for a license starting in July 2018.

More information: District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture

District of Columbia Professional Design Firm License

Agency:District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
Law:

DCMR 17-1801

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the principal officers must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Professional Corporations:

  • Each of the of the original shareholders and directors must licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
    At least one of the principal officers must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be a District of Columbia licensed architect.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:3/18/21

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$65 application fee + $110 license fee

Before you Apply:

Domestic and Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a District of Columbia licensed design professional to act as the professional in responsible charge for each office location in DC.
  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Apply for a design firm license online.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents (if applicable) with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Apply for a design firm license online.
Fact Checked:3/18/21

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$110

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:3/18/21

Amendment

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

A licensed professional design firm shall notify the Board within 30 days after the
admission or withdrawal of a member or shareholder from a professional design firm.

Fact Checked:3/18/21

Reinstatement

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Fact Checked:3/18/21

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