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Connecticut

Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-289, there shall be an Architectural Licensing Board in the Department of Consumer Protection.  The board shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning eligibility for architectural licensing examinations, appeals of examination grades, reciprocal licensing and such other matters as the board deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the chapter.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-290 provides that in order to safeguard life, health and property, no person shall practice architecture in this state, except as provided in this chapter, or use the title “architect”, or display or use any words, letters, figures, title, sign, seal, advertisement or other device to indicate that such person practices or offers to practice architecture, unless such person has obtained a license as provided in this chapter.  Nothing in the chapter shall prevent any Connecticut corporation in existence prior to 1933, whose charter authorizes the practice of architecture, from making plans and specifications or supervising the construction of any building, except that no such corporation shall issue plans or specifications unless such plans or specifications have been signed and sealed by an architect licensed under the provisions of this chapter.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-291 provides that no person shall receive a license under the provisions of this chapter until such person has passed an examination in such technical and professional subjects as may be prescribed by the board, with the consent of the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.  Each person who applies to the board for a license under the provisions of this chapter, shall submit an application, together with evidence of education and training experience as prescribed by the board in regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54.  In the case of any architect currently registered or licensed in another state in lieu of the examination, the board may accept a certificate of registration issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; or evidence satisfactory to the board that such architect is registered in a state having registration requirements substantially equal to the licensure requirements of this state and that such architect has been practicing in such other state for a period of at least ten years.  When the applicant has passed such examination to the satisfaction of a majority of the board and has paid to the secretary of the board the fees prescribed in section 20-292, the Department of Consumer Protection shall enroll the applicant’s name and address in the roster of licensed architects and issue a license to the applicant, which shall entitle the applicant to practice as an architect in this state.

Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-292 (a), each licensed architect shall renew his/her license each year and pay to the department the professional services fee for class F, as defined in section 33-182l.  Each corporation holding a certificate of authorization for the practice of architecture shall renew its certificate of authorization for the practice of architecture each year and pay to the department a renewal fee of two hundred twenty dollars.  An applicant for examination or reexamination under this chapter shall pay a nonrefundable fee of seventy-two dollars and an amount sufficient to meet the cost of conducting each portion of the examination taken by such applicant.  The fee for an applicant who qualifies for a license, other than by examination, in accordance with the provisions of section 20-291, shall be one hundred dollars.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-294 provides that the board may suspend for a definite period, not to exceed one year, or revoke any license or certificate of authority issued under this chapter, after notice and hearing in accordance with the regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or may officially censure any person holding any such license or certificate of authority and may assess a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars if:

  • it is shown that the license or certificate was obtained through fraud or misrepresentation
  • the holder of the license or certificate has been found guilty by the board or by a court of competent jurisdiction of any fraud or deceit in such holder’s professional practice or has been convicted of a felony
  • the holder of the license or certificate has been found guilty by the board of gross incompetency or of negligence in the planning or construction of buildings, or
  • it is shown to the satisfaction of the board that the holder of the license or certificate has violated any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted under this chapter

The board may reissue any such license or certificate which has been revoked, and may modify the suspension of any such license or certificate which has been suspended.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-296 provides that the board may, upon the complaint of any one or more licensed architects or on its own motion, request the Department of Consumer Protection to inquire into the existence of any violations of the provisions of this chapter or the regulations adopted under this chapter.  If the board determines that a violation of any such provision or regulation exists, the board may issue an appropriate order to the person or persons found to be so violating such provision or regulation, providing for the immediate discontinuance of such violation, or may assess a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars, or both.

Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-297, any person who knowingly, wilfully or intentionally violates any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or be both fined and imprisoned.


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