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2021 Edition, Issue 3


A Publication of the California Architects Board ■ Public Protection Through Examination, Licensure, and Regulation

Legislative Updates

The following legislation was recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom:

AB 107, Chapter 693—Licensure: Veterans and Military Spouses
Requires all Boards within DCA to issue temporary licenses to spouses of active duty California military members. The bill goes into effect July 1, 2023, and grants spouses whose out-of-state licensing in good standing an expedited, temporary authorization to practice while meeting state specific requirements for a period of at least one year.

AB 830, Chapter 386—Firm Naming
AB 830 contains language to provide how some architectural firms can name themselves.  This bill authorizes a business entity organized as a general corporation to include in its name any or all of the following, as specified: a fictitious name, the name of one or more licensed architects, or the term “architect, the term “architecture,” or other variations of the term “architect” or “architecture.” AB 830 takes effect January 1, 2022.

AB 1010, Chapter 176—Zero Net Carbon Design, Continuing Education (CE)
AB 1010 signed by Governor Newson requires an architect in California to complete, as a condition of a license renewal occurring on or after January 1, 2023, five hours of CE coursework regarding zero net carbon design. The current five hours of ADA CE by legislation remains unchanged.

SB 607, Chapter 367—Business and Professions
This bill adds BPC section 115.5 and requires boards to expedite the licensure process and waive the licensure application fee and the initial or original license fee for applicants who supplies evidence of a marriage or domestic partnership with an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in this state under official active duty military orders and holds a current license in another state, district, or territory of the United States. This section will become operative on July 1, 2022.  Also, this bill adds BPC section 5650.5 and contains fingerprint implementation requirements for Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC).