Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

New Jersey Architecture Industry Licensing

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

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

New Jersey Architecture Company Licenses

New Jersey Certificate of Authorization (Architecture)

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects
Law:

N.J.S.A. 45:3-18 et seq.

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 New Jersey 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
Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $250 license fee if applying during the second year of the renewal period or $500 if applying during the first year of the renewal period.

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

Registration Renewal

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

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

$500

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

By January 31 of even-numbered years.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Notify the board of changes via mail on company letterhead.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$800

New Jersey Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Registration Not Required

Not required



New Jersey Landscape Architecture Certificate of Authorization

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $250 license fee if applying during the second year of the renewal period or $500 if applying during the first year of the renewal period.

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$500

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal instructions are emailed 60 days prior to renewal.

Individual Licenses

New Jersey Individual Architecture Licenses

New Jersey Architect License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State 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 Jersey for the first time.

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$160.00 application fee + $50.00 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$160

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New Jersey Interior Designer Certification

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Interior Design Examination and Evaluation Committee

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$125

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$160

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New Jersey Landscape Architect License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$125 application fee + $80 if applying during an odd-numbered year and $160 if applying during an even-numbered year.

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$160

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

New Jersey Planner-in-Training Certificate

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Planners

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$75

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Planner-in-training certificates are valid for 10 years and cannot be renewed.

New Jersey Professional Planner License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Planners

Initial Registration

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

$75 application fee + $130 license fee if applying during the first year of the biennial license period or $65 if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$130

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: 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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