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Connecticut Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Connecticut.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Connecticut for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Connecticut Architecture Company Licenses

Connecticut Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Connecticut does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Connecticut Joint Practice License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Law:

Conn Gen Stat § 20-306b

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

Business Corporations:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting stock of the corporation.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting stock of the
    company.

Professional Service Corporations:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting stock of the corporation.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting stock of the
    company.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Persons licensed as architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, or land surveyors must own not
    less than 2/3 of the voting interest of the LLC.
  • Each profession must own a minimum of 20% of the voting interest of the
    company.

Professional Associations:

  • Each member of the association must be a licensed in one of the professions offered by the association.

Partnerships:

  • At least 1/2 of the partners or principals must be licensed architects and each member engaged in the practice of engineering must be licensed.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Joint Practice of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Professional Engineering, & Land Surveying

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$565

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements and that the firm has at least one licensed individual to act as the responsible party for each professional service.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Connecticut business entity will meet ownership requirements and that the firm has at least one Connecticut licensed individual to act as the responsible party for each professional service.
  • 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 entity formation documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Legal Existence (good standing) from the Connecticut Secretary of State to be filed with the license application.
  3. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a foreign qualification application with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board along with a certificate of good standing from the secretary of state of your entity's home state.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Connecticut Landscape Architecture License for Corporate Practice of Landscape Architecture

Agency:Connecticut State Board of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Corporate Practice of Landscape Architecture Application Form

Agency Fee:

$80

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:10/10/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by July 31.

Fact Checked:10/10/19

Connecticut License for Corporate Practice of Architecture

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Architectural Licensing Board
Law:

CT Stat. § 20-298b

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

Business Corporations:

  • The chief executive officer and the holder or holders of not less than 2/3 of the voting stock of the corporation must be Connecticut licensed architects.

Professional Service Corporations:

  • All shareholders must be licensed architects.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Not less than 2/3 of the individual members of the LLC must be Connecticut licensed architects.

Professional Associations:

  • All members must be licensed architects.

Partnerships:

  • All partners must be licensed architects.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Licensure for Corporate Practice of Architecture

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Attach a Certificate of Good Standing issued by the state of incorporation dated not more than thirty (30) days prior to filing this application.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Connecticut 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 entity formation documents with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Legal Existence (good standing) from the Connecticut Secretary of State to be filed with the license application.
  3. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a foreign qualification application with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  2. Submit an Application for Architecture Corporation to the Connecticut Architectural Licensing Board along with a certificate of good standing from the secretary of state of your entity's home state.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$220

Due:

Annually by July 31

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To report changes in firm information, submit an updated application with "Revised" written on the top.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$220 Renewal fee + $22 late fee per year expired.

Notes:

Licenses expired for more than 3 years cannot be reinstated and licensees should instead apply for a new license.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Connecticut Individual Architecture Licenses

Connecticut Architect License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Architectural Licensing Board
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH:Not required
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 Connecticut for the first time.

Form:

Application for Architect's License

Agency Fee:

$190 application fee + $72 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$100.00

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$190.00

Due:

Annually by July 31.

Connecticut Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Interior Designer Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$190

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$190

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Connecticut Landscape Architect License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Board of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Application

Agency Fee:

$80 application fee + $280 initial license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

Annually by July 31.

Learn about architecture licensing in other states:

ARE (Architect Registration Examination) - Assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required to be a practicing architect.

AXP (Architectural Experience Program) - NCARB program for architectural internship, a requirement for licensure that occurs after filling the educational requirements.

BEFA (Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect) - An alternative NCARB certification that allows foreign architects to independently practice architecture.

COA (Certificate of Authorization) - The most common name of the registration required for firms to practice architecture in a given state.

Design Firm - Architectural firm registration is sometimes grouped with engineering and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

NCARB Certification - Licensed architects have the option to become Certificate holders to signify that they have met national standards established by U.S. licensing boards for protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Certification also facilitates reciprocal registration in all 54 jurisdictions, 11 Canadian jurisdictions, and can be used to support an application for licensure in other countries.

Reciprocity - This is when a licensed architect in one state can provide documentation (often a NCARB certificate) to more easily apply for licensure in another jurisdiction.

State Board - Often referred to as the State Architects Licensure Board or Board of Architects, an individual state’s board serves as the regulatory authority for architects. The board qualifies and licenses individuals seeking architectural licensure. The board is responsible for preserving the public health, safety, and welfare of individuals who occupy built environments.

National Architecture Accrediting Board
NAAB establishes criteria for and accredits professional architecture degree programs in the United States.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
AIAS is an independent, student-run group that promotes excellence in architecture education, training, and practice.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is a voluntary professional organization for architects providing advocacy, information, and community.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
ACSA represents architectural education programs across the globe.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB is the national organization representing the state registration boards.

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