South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners


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We are a service company that can help you file with the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners. 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:
Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 11419
Columbia, SC 29211-1419

Phone: (803) 896-4408

Web: Home Name search Forms
Email: Contact.Arch@llr.sc.gov

Notes: Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners 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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South Carolina Architect License

Agency:South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners
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 South Carolina for the first time.

Form:Board website,http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/architects
Agency Fee:

$190 application fee. No 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 South Carolina.

Agency Fee:

$190

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$115 before June 30th, $165 before July 31, $265 after August 1

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

South Carolina Certificate of Authorization (Architecture)

Agency:South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners
Law:

SC Code § 40-3-270

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a South Carolina licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in South Carolina.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders, at least 1/2 of the directors, and all of the officers (excluding the secretary and treasurer) must be licensed a in professional service performed by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a South Carolina licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in South Carolina.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a South Carolina licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in South Carolina.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application to License Firms, Corporations, or Partnerships

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a South Carolina licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in South Carolina.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a South Carolina licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in South Carolina.
  • 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 30 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings.
  2. File an Application to License Firms, Corporations, or Partnerships with the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings.
  2. File an Application to License Firms, Corporations, or Partnerships and the secretary of state issued foreign qualification certificate with the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$185

Due:

By August 31 of odd-numbered years.

Required Attachments:
  • List of principals, partners, officers, and directors of the firm including addresses and license numbers
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If there is a change in ownership, management, or the architect in responsible charge during the year, the change must be filed with the board within 30 days.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes. Address changes can be reported online.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

COA Reinstatement Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/5/19

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