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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.

Board Thanks Licensees Who Participated in the 2014 Occupational Analysis Survey

The Board would like to thank those licensees who participated in the 2014 Occupational Analysis (OA) survey. The purpose of the OA survey is to identify and rate job tasks currently performed by California architects and the knowledge required to perform those tasks. The survey results will be reviewed and analyzed, allowing the Board to move forward with completing additional studies, which will ultimately provide a foundation for updating the California Supplemental Examination Test Plan and future examinations.

A cross-section of California architects (based on geographic location and length of time licensed) was invited to participate in the online survey during the month of July. As such, their participation was critical in order to obtain statistically valid data.

The Board realizes that, as practicing professionals, time is valuable and limited. Those who participated in the survey are therefore commended for their contribution to this important project.

New! - Architects Practice Act Updated July 2014

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

New! - Latest Issue of the Board’s Newsletter

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

New! - NCARB announces IDP credit for hours completed beyond six months

NCARB has approved a significant modification to its reporting requirement known as the "six-month rule" for credit in IDP. Visit NCARB for more information.

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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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.

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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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