21 NCAC 02 .0215             out of state firmS

(a)  Architectural and interior design firms from other states shall be granted firm licensure or registration for practice in this State upon receipt by the Board of a completed application, fees, the submission of a copy of their firm charter, or other corresponding documents, amended as may be necessary to ensure compliance with all requirements of Chapter 55B, the Professional Corporation Act for architectural firms and Chapter 55, the Business Corporation Act for registered interior design firms. In addition to the other requirements as set out in G.S. 83A-8, out of state interior design firms shall, prior to registration, receive from the Secretary of State of North Carolina a certificate of authority to do business within the state. Architectural firms shall obtain a certificate for filing from the Board prior to submitting application to the Secretary of State for a Certificate of Authority.

(b)  Designated Individuals. If an out of state entity offers both architectural and engineering services, then it shall comply with requirements set forth in G.S. 89C. An out of state entity shall have at least one officer, director and shareholder licensed as an architect in this state. Two-thirds of the issued and outstanding shares of the out of state corporations shall be owned by licensed architects or engineers who are licensed to practice their profession in a jurisdiction of the United States. However, the firm shall designate at least one architect who is licensed in the State of North Carolina to be in responsible control for the firm practice of architecture within the State of North Carolina. A registered interior design firm shall designate one registered interior designer to be in responsible control of all interior design work offered and performed by that firm in this State.

(c)  Partnerships. An out of state architectural or registered interior design partnership may practice architecture or registered interior design, if every partner in the firm is licensed or registered as an individual in this state under Rule .0213 and the partnership complies with Paragraph (f) this Rule .

(d)  Limited Liability Companies. An out of state Limited Liability Company may practice architecture or registered interior design if the Limited Liability Company complies with G.S. 57D and at least one member and one owner are licensed or registered as an individual under Rule .0213 and comply with Paragraph (a) of this Rule.

(e)  Limited Liability Partnerships. An out of state Limited Liability Partnership may practice architecture or registered interior design, if the Limited Liability Partnership complies with G.S. 59, and at least one partner is licensed or registered as an individual under Rule .0213.

(f)  Failure to Renew and Reinstatement. If the Board has not received the annual firm renewal fee and completed application on or before December 31st each year the firm license or registration shall expire and be deemed delinquent. The firm registration may be renewed at any time within one year, upon the return of the completed application, 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 license or registration shall be automatically revoked. The Board may reinstate the firm's license or registration, as allowed by G.S. 83A-11.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 55B‑6; 83A‑6; 83A‑8; 83A-9; 55B-16;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2010; June 1, 1995; 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;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2022.