Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

Virginia Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Virginia.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Virginia 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

Virginia Architecture Company Licenses

Virginia Business Entity Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Eligible Entity Types: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Business Entity Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Law:

VAC § 10-20-540 et seq.

Eligible Entity Types: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Virginia Professional Corporation Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$30

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$55 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Professional Corporation Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$30

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$125 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $275 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$50

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Ownership Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$100

Order of Operations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Individual Licenses

Virginia Individual Architecture Licenses

Virginia Architect License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape 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 Virginia for the first time.

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $75 exam fee. This is the fee for the Board application only - it does Not include and NCARB registration or ARE fees.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$55

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Interior Designer Certification

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$45

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$45

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Landscape Architect License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$110

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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