Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

New Hampshire Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in New Hampshire.

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

New Hampshire Certificate of Authorization (Architecture)

Agency:New Hampshire Joint Board of Licensure and Certification: Board of Architects
Law:

NH R.S. §310 A et seq.

Eligible Entity Types: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural firms that are applying for a license in New Hampshire 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
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

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

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$80

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80 + $16 per month late.

Notes:

Licenses that have been expired for longer than 1 year cannot be reinstated and the licensee should instead apply for a new license.

New Hampshire Interior Design Firm License

Interior Design Firm licensure is not required on the State level in New Hampshire



New Hampshire does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Registration Not Required

Not required



New Hampshire Landscape Architecture Firm License

Landscape Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in New Hampshire



More information: New Hampshire Board of Landscape Architects

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

New Hampshire Individual Architecture Licenses

New Hampshire Architect License

Agency:New Hampshire Joint Board of Licensure and Certification: Board of Architects
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 New Hampshire for the first time.

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$150 application fee + $150 exam fee + Licensure fee $50 and COA fee $80

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$150

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New Hampshire Interior Designer License

Interior Designer licensure is not required on the State level in New Hampshire



Registration Not Required

Not required



New Hampshire Landscape Architect License

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form: 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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