Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

South Dakota Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in South Dakota.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in South Dakota 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

South Dakota Architecture Company Licenses

South Dakota Certificate of Authorization

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions
Law:

SD CL § 36-18A-48

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a South Dakota licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in South Dakota.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a South Dakota licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in South Dakota.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a South Dakota licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in South Dakota.

Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a South Dakota licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in South Dakota.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a South Dakota licensed professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in South Dakota for each professional service performed by the firm.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a South Dakota licensed professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in South Dakota for each professional service performed by the firm.
  • 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 South Dakota Secretary of State.
  2. Create an online account and file a firm license application through the Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the South Dakota Secretary of State.
  2. Create an online account and file a firm license application through the Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

South Dakota Board of Technical Professionals Change of Address

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes. Address changes can be reported online.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Notes:

Licenses expired for 3 or more years cannot be reinstated and the licensee must apply for a new license.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

South Dakota Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

South Dakota does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

South Dakota Individual Architecture Licenses

South Dakota Architect License

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Required

Initial Registration

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

Form:http://dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/btp/
Agency Fee:

$100 application fee. No exam fee (Direct Registration).

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

South Dakota Interior Designer License

Not required



Interior Designer licensure is not required on the State level in South Dakota.

Registration Not Required

Not required



South Dakota Landscape Architect License

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

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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