Individuals and firms shall not perform or offer to perform architectural services, either directly or indirectly, unless they have secured a license to practice architecture from the Board. Additionally, no person shall use the title “architect” or any derivation of that word unless they have secured a license to practice.
To be granted initial registration in Louisiana an applicant must meet the following requirements.
- Be of good moral character
- Hold a professional degree in architecture from a degree program accredited by the NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)
- Complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) requirements as established by NCARB and found in the AXP
- Complete the Architect Registration Examination (ARE®). Further information about the rules to sit for the examination can be found in the ARE Guidelines.
- Complete the Application and submit with payment $75.00 for in-state candidates and $150.00 for out-of-state. Please note that you will not be able to submit the application until NCARB has sent your completed record to us.
All candidates for licensure in Louisiana must establish an NCARB Record. The NCARB Record provides you with a repository to document your education and experience hours and track your examination progress. You cannot complete your application for licensure until NCARB has notified you that your record has been sent to us.
Candidates must have a NAAB accredited degree in architecture to sit for the ARE. You may report experience hours and engage in completion of the ARE concurrently. If you have identified Louisiana as your preferred state for initial licensure, NCARB will send (transmit) your record once you have successfully completed your education, experience (AXP) hours, and examination (ARE.) You will receive a notification from NCARB when this happens. To access the application for licensure click here.
The licensure period for individual architects runs from January 1 through December 31 each year.
To obtain a reciprocal registration in Louisiana, all applicants must hold a current and valid license in a U.S. jurisdiction and an NCARB certificate. Individuals interested in becoming licensed in Louisiana should contact NCARB and request to have their record transmitted to Louisiana or to establish a certificate. Once your NCARB record has been transmitted, you will receive a notification from NCARB. To access the application for licensure, click here. Please note that you will not be able to complete the application for licensure until NCARB has transmitted your record to us.
Prior to issuing the license, the board may, at its discretion, require individual applicants to submit additional information.
The licensure period for individual architects runs from January 1 through December 31 each year.
Click here to access the Application Portal. You will have two options to either create a login, or use a “one-time” access to your renewal application. If you choose to create a login, your User ID will be your e-mail address on file with the Board, and you will need to create a NEW password.
If you choose to use the “one-time” access, you will enter your e-mail address on file with the Board. You will then receive a message containing a link to your renewal application.
The licensure period for individual architects runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. A reminder notice is e-mailed to the address we have on file. Notices regarding licensure status are sent only as a courtesy of the board. The ultimate responsibility for licensure renewal rests with the licensed professional. All renewals including payment must be either received in the board office by midnight CST on December 31 or be postmarked by that date.
Paper renewal applications must contain the completed renewal form, annual continuing education affidavit attesting to compliance with continuing education requirements, and the appropriate required renewal fee in order to be processed.
A registrant who does not properly renew his or her license may not practice after the expiration of the license. A registrant who continues to practice using an expired license will be subject to such disciplinary action as the board deems appropriate.
Click here to access your reinstatement application.
This will take you to a page where you will enter your e-mail address. You will then receive a message containing a link to your renewal application.
Individuals who have allowed their registration to lapse more than 90 days are considered delinquent and must submit a Delinquent application and submit appropriate fees. Individuals whose registration is lapsed more than 91 days will become “expired” and must complete the Reinstatement Application and submit appropriate fees.
Applicants will be required to show proof of current licensure in at least one state. You may attach a wallet card or equivalent document demonstrating current licensure to the application. You must certify on the application that you have earned all necessary continuing education hours as outlined below (Rule §1315.J).
Continuing Education Requirements:
Registration inactive 4 to 12 months – 12 HSW in the preceding or current calendar year
Registration inactive 13 months or greater – 24 HSW in the preceding or current calendar year
If your license was issued based on your NCARB certification, it must be active to be considered for reinstatement. You do not have to resubmit NCARB Certification (aka Blue Cover).
Architects who practice architecture in Louisiana without renewing their license will be assessed a fine of up to $1,000 per year and will be publicly reprimanded.
In-State Initial Registration $75
Out-of-State Initial Registration $150
In-State Reciprocal Registration $150
Out of State Reciprocal Registration $300
In State Renewal $75
Out of State Renewal $150
In State Delinquent/Reinstatement $105
Out of State Delinquent/Reinstatement $180
If you are reinstating your delinquent or expired license, you need to pay both the renewal fee AND the reinstatement penalty.
Architects who practice architecture in Louisiana with an expired license will be assessed a fine of up to $1,000 for the first year, and $1,000 per year thereafter and will be publicly reprimanded.
- The military-trained applicant must demonstrate that, while in the active United States military service, the applicant completed and passed a program of training in architecture conducted by a branch of the United States military, was awarded a military occupational specialty in architecture, and thereafter satisfactorily practiced architecture at a level substantially equivalent to or exceeding the education, training and examination requirements of R.S. 37:146 for licensure, and
- The applicant must not have been disciplined by any military branch or any jurisdiction for any act that would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license in Louisiana; and
- The applicant may not have received a dishonorable discharge from the military.
- Applicants who have achieved licensure in another jurisdiction by meeting the above stated requirements in another jurisdiction and who hold a current license in good standing and the requirements of that jurisdiction at the time the license was issued are substantially equivalent to the Louisiana requirements for licensure shall be granted a license to practice architecture in Louisiana.
Licensure for Military Spouses
- A military spouse who holds a current license in good standing to practice architecture in any other U.S. jurisdiction and the requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to or exceed the requirements for licensure in Louisiana at the time the originating license was issued will be granted a license to practice architecture in Louisiana when such individual is able to document the following:
- Military spouse must be able to demonstrate competence in the practice of architecture,
- Military spouse must not have been disciplined by any jurisdiction for any act that would constitute grounds for refusal, suspension or revocation of licensure in Louisiana, and
- Military spouse is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the jurisdiction or agency that issued the license to the military spouse.
The registration period for all firms is July 1 through June 30 each year. A renewal notice will be sent to the e-mail address on file with the board office each April. The legislature has enacted laws which govern all firms practicing architecture in Louisiana. In accordance with those laws, the LSBAE has adopted rules to regulate the registration of such firms. Any business practicing architecture in Louisiana must obtain licensure with LSBAE.
To apply for firm registration, click here.
Firm registration is based on your business structure
Depending upon the structure of your firm, there are three categories from which to choose for firm registration. If you are a sole practitioner who has incorporated your firm or are practicing under your name as an LLC, you are required to register your firm. A complete set of the LSBAE rules surrounding firm registration can be found here.
It is the responsibility of the firm owner to meet requirements for operating a business in the state of Louisiana by registering with the Louisiana Secretary of State. We recommend that you contact your attorney or CPA for guidance on business registration with the state.
DETERMINE your firm’s structure:
1. Professional Architectural Corporation (PAC)
There are ownership (shareholder) and control (director) requirements that must be met in order to register as a Professional Architectural Corporation. To register as a PAC, a firm must be lawfully incorporated, and a majority of shares must be held by a licensed Louisiana architect or by a holding company, of which a majority of shares are owned by licensed Louisiana architects. See La. R. S. 12:1090. In addition, depending upon the number of directors, a majority of the directors must be licensed Louisiana architects. For more information, see La. 12:1086 et seq., particularly R.S. 12:1095 for director requirements.
2. Architectural-Engineering Corporation (AEC)
If your firm includes one or more licensed architects and one or more licensed engineers, it may meet the definition of an Architectural-Engineering Corporation within the meaning of La. R. S. 12:1171. To register as an A-E Corporation, such a firm must be lawfully incorporated, and it must annually file with the LSBAE and with LAPELS written requests for such licensure, designating therein a supervising Louisiana registered architect and a supervising Louisiana registered engineer. For more information, see La. R.S. 12:1171 et seq., particularly R.S. 12:1173 for designation requirements.
3. Architectural Firm (AF)
Types of firms that may qualify for registration as an Architectural Firm include corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies or partnerships, associations, sole proprietorships, or other entities lawfully organized under the laws of Louisiana or other jurisdiction for the purpose of practicing architecture.
To register, such a firm must designate in its application one or more supervising professional architects who shall perform or directly supervise the performance of all architectural services by the firm in Louisiana. See Board Rule §1705.G. Only a Louisiana licensed architect who is a full-time active employee of the firm and whose primary occupation is with that firm may be designated.
Depending on the structure of the firm, it may be required to designate an in-state registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State, and other general corporation laws may be applicable. There are no shareholder or control requirements to register as an Architectural Firm.
The registration renewal period for firms runs from July 1 through June 30 each year. In May 2019 we launched a new online application portal for firm registration.
In order to access your renewal application, there are a few actions that must be completed:
Step 1. Create an account in our online application portal.
Step 2. Identify a Point of Contact for your firm. The Point of Contact is the individual who will complete the renewal application form and receive e-mail reminders about the firm’s registration. Note that any architect identified as an owner, director or Supervising Architect will also receive the same notifications.
If your firm contracts with another company or third party to manage your registrations, you may consider having someone from that entity identified as your Point of Contact.
Step 3. Complete the Renewal Application.
The online renewal application will require the same information you have provided in years past; however, the new system incorporates validations of some of the data requested. Outlined below is some key information you should be aware of as you prepare to renew your registration.
Professional Architectural Corporations:
The Professional Architectural Corporation law (R.S. 12:1086-1101) establishes owner and director requirements for registration with the Board. The online application has been designed to validate that your firm meets these requirements. Please be sure to have information regarding the number of shares authorized for your firm, the total number of shares that have been issued, and total number of shares owned by Louisiana licensed architects.
Architectural Engineering Corporations and Architectural Firms
The Board rules for Architectural Engineering Corporations and Architectural Firms require you to designate one or more Supervising Professional Architect(s). A Supervising architect is responsible for performing or directly supervising the performance of all architectural services provided by the firm. This means unrestricted, unchecked, and unqualified command of, and legal accountability for, the architectural services performed. Specifications, drawing, or other related documents will be deemed to have been prepared by the architect or under the architect’s direct supervision only when the requirements of Board Rules have been satisfied. Only individuals who are licensed by the Board and full-time active employees of the firm and whose primary occupation is with the firm may be designated as a supervising professional architect.
Limited Liability Companies
In 2017, the LSBAE rules were updated to reflect a new structure for types of firms registering with the Board. As a result, we are no longer issuing Limited Liability Company licenses and will transition your existing LL license to an Architectural Firm license. Instead of completing a renewal application for your LL license, you will be directed to complete an application for an Architectural Firm license. It is important to understand that there are no changes to the information you will be required to provide during the renewal process. Please note that you will receive a new license number effective with this renewal.
Renewal applications must be submitted with payment by June 30th or completed paper forms and payment must be postmarked by June 30. Applications not postmarked on or before June 30th will be assessed a delinquent fee equal to the renewal fee of $75 (in-state) or $150 (out-of-state) will be assessed in addition to the regular renewal fee for a total of $150 (in-state) or $300 (out-of-state) respectively.
Renewal applications delinquent more than 90 days may also be subject to fines in addition to the delinquent fees.
Firms who have allowed their firm registration to lapse more than 90 days must complete the appropriate Delinquent Registration Application form and return to the LSBAE office with the appropriate fees. Firms will be required to show that their business registration with the Louisiana Secretary of State is current.
Firms practicing architecture in Louisiana without renewing their license will be assessed a fine of up to $1,000 for the first year and $1,000 per year thereafter, and will be publicly reprimanded.
Access the Application Portal to Reinstate your firm license.
FIRM REGISTRATION FEES
In-State Firm Registration $75
Out-of-State Firm Registration $150
In-State Delinquent $150
Out-of-State Delinquent $300
FIRM RENEWAL FEES
Effective July 1, 2017
In-State Firm Renewal $75
Out-of-State Firm Renewal $150
In-State Delinquent $150
Out-of-State Delinquent $300
Please note that if your registration is delinquent you will be required to pay BOTH the delinquent fee and the renewal fee and you may be subject to fines.