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Maryland Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Maryland.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Maryland 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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Maryland Architecture Company Licenses

Maryland Architectural Firm Permit

Agency:Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Architects
Law:

MD Code Business Occupations and Professions § 3-402

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the directors must be licensed in Maryland or another state to practice architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture.
  • At least one officer or director must be a Maryland licensed architect who will be responsible for the firm's practice of architecture in Maryland.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the directors must be licensed in Maryland or another state to practice architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture.
  • All of the officers of a Maryland PC, except the secretary and treasurer, must be licensed in a professional service offered by the firm.
  • All of the shareholders must be licensed in a professional service offered by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the members must be licensed in Maryland or another state to practice architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture.
  • At least one member must be a Maryland licensed architect who will be responsible for the firm's practice of architecture in Maryland.

Partnerships:

  • At least 2/3 of the partners must be licensed in Maryland or another state to practice architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture.
  • At least one partner must be a Maryland licensed architect who will be responsible for the firm's practice of architecture in Maryland.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Filing Method:

File an application online then email a managing agent certification form to dloplboardofarchitects-dllr@maryland.gov.

Agency Fee:

$35 application fee + $100 permit fee.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Maryland licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in Maryland.
  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Maryland licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in Maryland.
  • Ensure that your Maryland 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 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  2. Obtain proof of the good standing of your business entity by searching for your entity and taking a screenshot of the View Business Details page (to be submitted with the licensee certification in step 4).
  3. Complete the online Firm Permit application with the Board of Architects.
  4. Email a completed Responsible Member Certification Form to dloplboardofarchitects-dllr@maryland.gov.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
  2. Obtain proof of the good standing of your Maryland entity by searching for your entity and taking a screenshot of the View Business Details page (to be submitted with the licensee certification in step 4).
  3. Complete the online Firm Permit application with the Board of Architects.
  4. Email a completed Responsible Member Certification Form to dloplboardofarchitects-dllr@maryland.gov.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Maryland Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Maryland does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Maryland Landscape Architecture Firm Permit

Agency:Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/10/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

File an application online then email a managing agent certification form to dloplboardofexaminersoflandscapearchitects-dllr@maryland.gov.

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:10/10/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by the date of initial registration.

Fact Checked:10/10/19

Individual Licenses

Maryland Individual Architecture Licenses

Maryland Architect License

Agency:Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Board of Architects
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Not 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 Maryland for the first time.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Maryland Interior Designer Certification

Agency:Maryland Board of Certified Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Maryland Landscape Architect License

Agency:Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$76

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

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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