TITLE 5
Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-1
Architects

SECTION 5-1-15.1


§ 5-1-15.1 Certificate of authorization for sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, corporations or limited liability companies.

(a) A sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation or limited liability company shall be admitted to practice architecture in this state if:

(1) Two-thirds ( 2/3) of the partners (if a partnership or limited liability partnership) two-thirds ( 2/3) of the directors and officers (or shareholders if there are no directors, if a corporation) or two-thirds ( 2/3) of the managers (or members if there are no managers, if a limited liability company) are registered under the laws of any state or any reciprocal jurisdiction as defined by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards to practice architecture or engineering;

(2) One-third ( 1/3) of the partners (if a partnership or limited liability partnership) or one-third ( 1/3) of the directors and officers (or shareholders if there are no directors, if a corporation), or one-third ( 1/3) of the managers (or members if there are no managers, if a limited liability company) are registered under the laws of any state or reciprocal jurisdiction as defined by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards to practice architecture; and

(3) The person having the practice of architecture in his or her charge is himself or herself a partner (if a partnership or limited liability partnership) a director or officer (or shareholders if there are no directors, if a corporation) or a manager (or members if there are no managers, if a limited liability company) and registered to practice architecture in this state.

(b) The board is empowered to require any sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability partnership, corporation or limited liability company practicing architecture in this state to file information concerning its partners, shareholders, officers, directors, members, managers, and other aspects of its business organization, upon any forms that the board prescribes.

(c) The practice or offer to practice architecture as defined by this chapter by a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation, or limited liability company subsequently referred to as the "firm", through one or more architects registered under the provisions of this chapter, is permitted provided that the registered architect or architects are in direct control of the practice or exercise responsible control of all personnel who act in behalf of the firm in professional and technical matters; and provided, that the firm has been issued a certificate of authorization by this board.

(d) Every firm must obtain a certificate of authorization from this board, and those individuals in direct control of the practice or who exercise responsible control of all personnel who act in behalf of the firm in professional and technical matters must be registered with the board. The certificate of authorization shall be issued by the board upon satisfaction of the provisions of this chapter and the payment of a fee as determined by the board in accordance with § 5-1-11. This fee shall be waived if the firm consists of only one person who is the registered architect. Every firm must file an application for a certificate of authorization with the board on a form provided by the board.

(e) Every certificate of authorization is valid for a period of two (2) years and expires on the last day of December of each even numbered year following its issuance. A separate form provided by the board shall be filed with each renewal of the certificate of authorization. The firm shall complete a renewal form within thirty (30) days of the time any information previously filed with the board has changed, is no longer true or valid, or has been revised for any reason. If, in the board's judgment, the information contained on the application and/or renewal form is satisfactory and complete, the board will issue a certificate of authorization for the firm to practice architecture in this state. The board may require all applicants for renewal to provide the board with information, including but not limited to, a brief outline setting forth the professional activities of any applicant during a period in which a certificate of authorization has lapsed and other evidence of the continued competence and good character of the applicant, all as the board deems necessary.

(f) In the event of ownership transition or change in the responsible control of a firm, the board may permit a six (6) month grace period to allow a Rhode Island registered architect to continue to practice until a new certificate of authorization is issued.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 30, art. 25, § 3; P.L. 1998, ch. 348, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 319, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 56, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 63, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 406, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 16, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 24, § 1.)