North Carolina Board of Architecture


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We are a service company that can help you file with the North Carolina Board of Architecture. 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:
127 W. Hargett Street
Suite 304
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: 919-733-9544

Web: Home Name search
Email: ncba@ncbarch.org

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the North Carolina Board of 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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North Carolina Architect License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Architecture
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Fact Checked:8/11/19
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 North Carolina for the first time.

Form:Licensure by Exam
Agency Fee:

$50 application / 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 North Carolina.

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

North Carolina Certificate of Registration

Agency:North Carolina Board of Architecture
Law:

NC G.S. § 83A-8

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

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the shares of ownership must be held by licensed design professionals.
  • At least one officer and director must be licensed as architects in North Carolina.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the owners must be licensed design professionals.
  • At least one member and manager must be licensed as architects in North Carolina.

Domestic Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • All partners must hold a North Carolina issued architect license.

Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • At least one partner must hold a North Carolina issued architect license.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural firms that are applying for a license in North Carolina for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Application for a Certificate of Registration

Agency Fee:

$75

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your North Carolina entity will meet 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 6 months old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File the firm licensure part 1 application along with entity formation documents to the North Carolina Board of Architecture.
  2. Once approved you will receive the Board's Certification - file the certification and entity formation documents with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.
  3. Submit proof of entity formation to the North Carolina Board of Architecture.
  4. Complete the firm licensure part 2 application
  5. Submit approved Secretary of State paperwork to the Board of Architecture, then firm license will be issued.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File the firm licensure application along with entity formation documents to the North Carolina Board of Architecture.
  2. Once approved you will receive the Board's Certification - file the certification and foreign qualification documents with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.
  3. Submit proof of foreign qualification to the North Carolina Board of Architecture.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural firms that are already licensed in North Carolina and need to renew their license.

Form:

Firm Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Required Attachments:
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against North Carolina licensees (if applicable)
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Firm Name Change Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment

Form:

Address Change for Firms

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Reinstatement for Professional Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Agency Fee:

$250

Notes:

2 separate forms (1 for Corporations and 1 for LLC's)

Fact Checked:11/5/19

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