(a)  Prior to offering and rendering architectural or registered interior design services as set forth in G.S. 83A and 21 NCAC 02 .0204(a) and 21 NCAC 02 .0204(c), all firms shall submit an application for firm licensure or registration and be granted licensure or registration by the Board. Application for firm licensure or registration to practice of architecture or registered interior design within the State of North Carolina shall be made upon forms provided on the Board web site at www.ncbarch.org and include the required application fee as set forth in Rule .0108 of this Chapter. Licensure for firm practice of architecture shall be issued only under the provisions of the Professional Corporation Act, G.S. 55B and G.S. 57D-2-02. Registration for firm practice of interior design shall be issued only under the provisions of the Business Corporation G.S. 55 and G.S. 57D.

(b)  Architecture firm licensure and interior design firm registration shall be renewed on or before December 31st each year. If the Board has not received the annual renewal fee and completed application on or before December 31st each year, the architecture firm license or interior design firm registration shall expire. No less than 30 days prior to the renewal date, the Board shall send a notice of renewal to each licensed and registered firm. Renewal documentation shall be accompanied by the renewal fee. If the accompanying draft or check in the amount of the renewal fee is dishonored by the firm's drawee bank for any reason, the Board shall suspend the firm license or registration until the renewal fees and returned check charges are paid. When the annual renewal has been complete according to the provision of G.S. 83A-11, the Executive Director shall approve renewal for the firm for the current renewal year. Upon completion of the firm annual renewal, the Board may randomly audit the compliance of firm licenses and registrations and require proof in the form of corporate records maintained pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 55B or 57D. Such records must be maintained for a period of seven years after the renewal is submitted. Renewal fees are non-refundable.

(c)  Failure to Renew and Reinstatement. Within one year of the expiration, the firm license or registration may be renewed at any time, upon the return of the completed renewal documents, the annual renewal fee, and the late renewal fees. After one year from the date of expiration for non-payment of the annual renewal fee the licensee or registrant shall seek reinstatement, as allowed by G.S. 83A-11. The Board may reinstate the firms' license or registration, as allowed by G.S. 83A-11.

(d)  Seal. Each licensed or registered firm shall adopt a seal pursuant to 21 NCAC 02 .0206.

(e)  Approval of Name. In addition to the requirements and limitations of G.S. 55 and 55B, the firm name used by an architectural or registered interior design firm shall conform with Rule .0205 and be approved by the Board before being used. This Rule shall not prohibit the continued use of any firm name adopted in conformity with the General Statutes of North Carolina and Board Rules in effect at the date of such adoption.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 55B‑5; 55B‑10; 55B‑15; 83A‑6; 83A‑8;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2014; December 1, 2010; July 1, 1993; May 1, 1989; November 1, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 13, 2015;

Temporary Amendment Eff. November 30, 2021.