SECTION .0900 ‑ BUSINESS entities: GENERAL

 

21 NCAC 56 .0901             OFFICES

(a)  Professional Engineering Services.  Every firm, partnership, corporation or limited liability company that performs or offers to perform engineering services in the State of North Carolina shall have a resident Professional Engineer in responsible charge in each separate office located in North Carolina where professional engineering services are performed or offered to be performed.  Out-of-state office locations where engineering services are performed or offered to be performed for North Carolina projects shall have Professional Engineers in responsible charge of only the specific projects in compliance with Rule .0701(c)(3) of this Chapter.

(b)  Land Surveying Services.  Every firm, partnership, corporation or limited liability company that performs or offers to perform land surveying services in the State of North Carolina shall have a resident Professional Land Surveyor in responsible charge in each separate office located in North Carolina where land surveying services are performed or offered to be performed.  Out-of-state office locations where surveying services are performed or offered to be performed for North Carolina projects are only required to have Professional Land Surveyors in responsible charge of the specific projects in compliance with Rule .0701(c)(3) of this Chapter.

(c)  Resident.  The terms "resident Professional Engineer" or "resident Professional Land Surveyor" as used in this Rule, means a licensee who spends a majority of the licensee's normal working time in that office.  Such time shall not be less than a majority of the operating hours of the business.  A Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor shall be the resident licensee at only one place of business at one time unless each business is at least one-third owned by the resident professional. This arrangement shall be specifically approved by the Board after a determination that the businesses are integrated in operation, ownership, office location and that the licensee will be in responsible charge of the professional services.

(d)  No firm, partnership, corporation or limited liability company shall practice, offer to practice, or market either land surveying or engineering unless there is a licensed resident for that service in responsible charge at that office.  Advertisements, signs, letterheads, business cards, directories, or any other form of representation shall avoid any reference to any service that cannot be provided under the responsible charge of a properly qualified resident professional. The licensed entity shall give notice to the Board of a change of resident professional within 30 days after the change and shall not practice, offer to practice, or market the professional service during any period of time without a resident professional.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 57D-2-02: 89C‑10; 89C‑24;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. September 29, 1977;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; August 1, 2002; April 1, 2001; August 1, 1998; May 1, 1994; January 1, 1992; April 1, 1989.