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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Utah.

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

Utah Architecture Firm License

Not required



Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Utah.

Firm licenses are not issued at the state level, however, a licensed individual must oversee all architectural work. Firms should consult board rules and state statutes before doing business.

More information: Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Law:

Utah Code Ann § 58-3a-101 et seq.

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the firm's practice of architecture in Utah must be overseen by a principal who is a licensed architect.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders, officers, and directors must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the firm's practice of architecture in Utah must be overseen by a principal who is a licensed architect.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members and managers must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the firm's practice of architecture in Utah must be overseen by a principal who is a licensed architect.

Utah Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Utah does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Utah Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



Landscape Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Utah.

More information: Utah Board of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

Utah Individual Architecture Licenses

Utah Architect License

Agency:Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
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:Not required

Initial Registration

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

Form:http://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/architecture.html
Agency Fee:

$110.00 Non-refundable application-processing fee, made payable to DOPL" application fee. No exam fee."

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$110.00 0n-refundable application-processing fee, made payable to DOPL""

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$73

Due:

By May 31 of even-numbered years.

Utah Commercial Interior Designer Certification

Agency:Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certified Interior Designer Application

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certified Commercial Interior Design Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$47

Due:

By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Utah Landscape Architect License

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Application

Agency Fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Landscape Architect Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$73

Due:

By May 31 of even-numbered years.

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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