Architects Practice Act (Act)

A complete PDF of the Act can be found here: Architects Practice Act.

The Architects Practice Act (Act) and its regulations are being provided to licensees, candidates, and members of the public as a reference. All licensees and candidates for licensure should have knowledge of the California Architects Board’s (Board) statutes and regulations and should be familiar with and understand their provisions. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this document, it does not have legal effect. Should any difference or error occur, the law will take precedence.

Regulations may be changed during the year, whereas new statutes typically become effective on January 1 of the year following their passage unless, they have an urgency clause. The following section(s) of the Business and Professions Code and California Code of Regulations have been added, amended, or repealed.

Business and Professions Code

§ 27 (amended January 1, 2024)
§ 27.5 (added January 1, 2024)
§ 115.8 (amended January 1, 2024)
§ 5550.3 (amended January 1, 2024)
§ 5552.2 (added January 1, 2024)

California Code of Regulations

§ 166 (added December 28, 2023)

If there is a question regarding an interpretation of these statutes and regulations, you may contact the Board.

Business and Professions Code

Division 3. Professions and Vocations Generally

Chapter 3. Architecture

Article 1. General Provisions
Article 2. Administration
Article 3. Application of Chapter
Article 4. Issuance of Certificates
Article 5. Disciplinary Proceedings
Article 6. Revenue
Article 7. Architectural Corporations

California Code of Regulations

Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations

Division 2. California Architects Board

Article 1. General Provisions
Article 2. Applications
Article 3. Examinations
Article 5. Miscellaneous
Article 6. Certificates
Article 7. Fees
Article 8. Disciplinary Proceedings
Article 9. Professional Conduct
Article 10.

Business and Professions Code

General Provisions

Division 1. Department of Consumer Affairs

Chapter 1. The Department

Chapter 1.5. Unlicensed Activity Enforcement

Chapter 2. The Director of Consumer Affairs

Chapter 3. Funds of the Department

Chapter 4. Consumer Affairs

Article 1. General Provisions and Definitions

Chapter 6. Public Members

Chapter 7. Licensee

Division 1.5. Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Licenses

Chapter 1. General Provisions

Chapter 2. Denial of Licenses

Chapter 3. Suspension and Revocation of Licenses

Chapter 4. Public Reprovals

Chapter 5. Examination Security