Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

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



Connecticut does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Registration Not Required

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Connecticut Joint Practice License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Occupational and Professional Licensing Division
Eligible Entity Types: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Ownership Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$565

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$375

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Connecticut Landscape Architecture License for Corporate Practice of Landscape Architecture

Agency:Connecticut State Board of Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Connecticut License for Corporate Practice of Architecture

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

CT Stat. § 20-298b

Eligible Entity Types: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Ownership Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • You must be registered with the Secretary of State in Connecticut as a domestic or foreign corporation at the time of this application.
  • Attach a Certificate of Good Standing issued by the state of incorporation dated not more than thirty (30) days prior to filing this application. 
Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$220

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

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

Reinstatement

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Individual Licenses

Connecticut Individual Architecture Licenses

Connecticut Architect License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Architectural Licensing Board
NCARB Certificate: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Completion of CE/PDH: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Interview: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NAAB-accredited degree: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NCARB IDP: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Additional Experience: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
State-specific exam: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Connecticut Interior Designer Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$190

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$190

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Connecticut Landscape Architect License

Agency:Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Board of Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80 application fee + $280 initial license fee

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$160

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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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