Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design


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We are a service company that can help you file with the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design. We are not associated with this nor any other government agency. We offer paid services and software to help you file. You are not required to purchase our service to file - you may file directly with this agency without using our service.


Contact Information

Physical address:
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0751

Phone: 850-487-1395
Fax: 850-488-8040

Web: Home Name search
Email: callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design 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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Florida Architect License

Agency:Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
NCARB Certificate:Not 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 Florida for the first time.

Form:http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/arch/documents/AR1_Licensure_by_Exam.pdf
Agency Fee:

$60 application fee. (Direct Registration; No board 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 Florida.

Agency Fee:

$90

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Florida Architectural Business Registration

Agency:Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Law:

F.S. § 481.219

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the principal officers must be an architect licensed in Florida.

Professional Corporations:

  • Shareholders of Florida PCs must be either licensed individuals, a professional corporation, or a professional limited liability company.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the principal members must be an architect licensed in Florida.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • Shareholders of Florida PLLCs must be either licensed individuals, a professional corporation, or a professional limited liability company.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be an architect licensed in Florida.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:1/6/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Form AR 5: Qualify an Architectural Business Organization

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:
  • BUSINESS OFFICER: You must report one of the following:

    • Florida-licensed architect must be a principal officer of the company to qualify the business.

    • A principal officer as defined and registered with the Department of State, Division of Corporations www.sunbiz.org; or

    • Any other officer who has management responsibilities in the business entity, as documented by the charter or by-laws.

  • SUPERVISORY CONTROL:

    • Florida-licensed architect must be in responsible supervisory control of all business offices including branch offices.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Florida licensed individual to act as the qualifying architect and a Florida licensed individual to act as the responsible supervisor for each Florida branch office location.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Florida licensed individual to act as the qualifying architect and a Florida licensed individual to act as the responsible supervisor for each Florida branch office location.
  • Ensure that your Florida entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File formation documents to form a Florida business entity with the Department of State.
  2. Submit an Application to Qualify an Architectural Business Organization with the Board of Architecture and Interior Design.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a foreign entity qualification application to foreign qualify your entity with the Department of State.
  2. Submit an Application to Qualify an Architectural Business Organization with the Board of Architecture and Interior Design.
Fact Checked:1/6/21

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Architectural Business Registrations do not expire, but qualifying architects must maintain their individual licenses in order for the firm to remain in good standing.

Amendment

Form:

Form AR 7: Architect Business – Request for Address Change, License Renewal, Qualifier Change, Branch Office Responsible Supervisor in Control, or Business Closure

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of a change to information reported on the initial registration application.

Fact Checked:1/6/21

Florida Interior Design Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Fact Checked:8/27/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Interior Design Certificate of Authorization Application (ID 3)

Filing Method:

File by mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:8/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

File online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:8/27/19

Florida Interior Design Firm License

Not required



Interior Design Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Florida.

Florida no longer requires interior design firms to obtain a license.

More information: Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design

Florida Interior Designer License

Agency:Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Fact Checked:8/27/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to take the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Exam (ID 1)

Filing Method:

File by mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:8/27/19

Reciprocal Registration

Form:

Endorsement Applicant (ID 4)

Filing Method:

File by mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$30

Notes:

Reciprocal registration for interior designers licensed in other jurisdictions.

Fact Checked:8/27/19

Reciprocal Registration

Form:

Architect Seeking a Separate Interior Designer License (AR 4)

Filing Method:

File by mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$30

Notes:

Reciprocal registration for Florida-licensed architects.

Fact Checked:8/27/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

File online.

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By February 28 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:8/27/19

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