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The California Architects Board (Board) was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. It is one of numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California, which today numbers approximately 22,000 licensed architects and approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.

Now Available - Latest Issue of the Board’s Newsletter

The latest issue of California Architects is available online…read.

NEW! - Architects Practice Act Updated

The Architects Practice Act has been updated is now available online.

Important Reminder - ARE Divisions Passed Prior to January 1, 2006

ARE divisions passed prior to January 1, 2006 will expire on July 1, 2014, unless all divisions of the ARE have been passed by June 30, 2014. Visit NCARB for more information.

Board expands its use of Social Media

The Board is pleased to announce its expanded use of communications through Twitter. Followers receive updates on the ARE, CSE, IDP, and new changes in California law. As the Board expands its outreach to consumers, licensees, and candidates, it encourages everyone to follow its tweets.

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New! Law Regarding Use of an Architect's Instruments of Service

Assembly Bill (AB) 630 (Chapter 453, Statutes of 2013) took effect January 1, 2014, and provides that no individual may use an architect's instruments of service without the consent of the architect in a written contract, written agreement, or written license specifically authorizing that use. The bill added section 5536.4 to the Business and Professions Code (BPC) and was signed by Governor Brown on October 1, 2013.

Law regarding renewals for active duty military

AB 1588 (Chapter 742, Statutes of 2012) took effect January 1, 2013, and allows the Board to temporarily waive the renewal fees and continuing education requirements of licensees during the time period they are on active military duty. The bill adds section 114.3 to the Business and BPC and was signed by Governor Brown on September 29, 2012.

Law Regarding Reciprocal Licensing for Military Spouses and Domestic Partners

AB 1904 (Chapter 399, Statutes of 2012) took effect January 1, 2013, and permits an individual married to, or in a domestic partnership (or other legal union) with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in California under official "active duty" military orders to receive expedited reciprocity licensing. Individuals must provide proof of the marriage or domestic partnership (or other legal union) and hold a current architect license in another state, district, or territory of the United States. The bill added section 115.5 to the BPC and was signed by Governor Brown on September 29, 2012.

Law regarding confidentiality clauses

AB 2570 (Chapter 561, Statutes of 2012) took effect January 1, 2013, and prohibits licensees from including confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements with clients. The bill adds section 143.5 to the BPC and was signed by Governor Brown on September 25, 2012.

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Potential License Denial or Suspension for Failure to Pay Taxes

Effective July 1, 2012, the Board is required to suspend a license/certificate/registration if a licensee has outstanding tax obligations due to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the State Board of Equalization (BOE) and appears on either the FTB or BOE’s certified lists of top 500 tax delinquencies over $100,000. (AB 1424 [Perea], Chapter 455, Statutes of 2011)

Once it has been determined a licensee is on a certified list, the licensee has 90 days from the issuance of a “Preliminary Notice of the Intent to Suspend” to either satisfy all outstanding tax obligations or enter into a payment installment program with the FTB or BOE. If the licensee fails to come into compliance they will have their license suspended until the Board receives a release from the FTB or BOE.

The FTB and BOE are currently expanding the certified lists from 250 to 500, but you can check if you are currently on the FTB’s certified list or the BOE’s certified list. If you believe you are on either list in error, please call the FTB at (866) 418-3702 or the BOE at (916) 323-8624.

Franchise Tax Board Nonresident Withholding Requirements

You may have State Nonresident Withholding responsibilities. If you pay California source income to nonresidents of California, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) wants to make you aware that unless certain exceptions apply, you must withhold and send to FTB seven percent of all payments that exceed $1,500 in a calendar year. (California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 18662). For more information on whether or not you are required by law to withhold or to get the appropriate forms to use, please see the FTB Decision Chart.

For a copy of the necessary forms visit the Forms and Publication page by clicking the link below. Or for more general information on withholding requirements, visit the Withholding on California Source Income page or contact us at (888) 792-4900.

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