§ 5-1-16. Architects rendering assistance during disaster emergency Immunity from civil liability.
(a) An architect or architectural firm, duly licensed to practice in Rhode Island under this chapter, who voluntarily and without compensation provides architectural services at the scene of a disaster emergency is not liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss or damages caused by an act or omission of the architect or architectural firm in performing the services.
(b) As used in this section, "disaster emergency" means a disaster emergency declared by executive order or proclamation of the governor pursuant to chapter 15 of title 30.
(c) The immunity provided in subsection (a) of this section applies only to the practice of architecture as defined in this chapter regarding an architectural service that:
(1) Concerns any building, structure, or system, whether publicly or privately owned that is identified pursuant to a disaster emergency executive order or proclamation;
(2) Relates to the structural integrity of the entire building, structure, or system or any portion of the structure or system, or to a nonstructural element of the structure or system, affecting public safety; and
(3) Is rendered during the time in which a state of disaster emergency exists, as provided in chapter 15 of title 30.
(d) The immunity granted by this section shall not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct.
(e) In the event that the governor of Rhode Island declares a state disaster, all registered architects with a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification will be allowed to practice for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of the declared disaster.
(P.L. 2000, ch. 403, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 16, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 24, § 1.)