Firm Registration
  
All firms practicing architecture in Louisiana are required to register with the LSBAE and receive a Certificate of Authority within thirty days following registration with the Secretary of State. The legislature has enacted laws which govern all firms practicing architecture in Louisiana. In accordance with those laws, the LSBAE has adopted rules which regulate the registration of such firms.

Depending upon the structure of your firm, there are four categories from which to choose for firm registration. A complete set of the LSBAE rules surrounding firm registration can be found here.

Current fees for firm registration are outlined below.

In-State Out- of State Delinquent
$50 $50 $100

Please note that a new rule and fee structure will go into effect for all initial and renewal firm registration applications for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Effective July 1, the new fees will be $75 for in-state and $150 for out-of-state firms. This means that if you are renewing for this time period PRIOR to July 1, you will need to pay the new fees.

RENEWAL AND INITIAL APPLICATION FEES FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 1, 2017 through JUNE 30, 2018
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017
In-State Out- of State Delinquent
$75 $150 $150 (in-state)
$300 (out-of-state)

If you are applying for an initial firm Certificate of Authority prior to June 30, please note that you will need to complete a renewal form in order for your registration to remain active for the July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 period.

    Professional Architectural Corporation (PAC)
    There are both ownership (shareholder) and control (director) requirements that must be met in order to register as a Professional Architectural Corporation. To register as a PAC, a firm must be lawfully incorporated and a majority of shares must be held by a licensed Louisiana architect or by a holding company, of which a majority of shares are owned by licensed Louisiana architects. See La. R. S. 12:1090. In addition, depending upon the number of directors, a majority of the directors must be licensed Louisiana architects. For more information, see La. R.S. 12:1086 et seq., particularly R.S. 12:1095 for director requirements.

    Initial Registration: Please contact the Board office if you would like to apply for a Professional Architectural Corporation Certificate of Authority prior to June 30, 2017.

    Renew your current Registration: Use this form if you are renewing for the period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

    Delinquent Registration: please contact the Board office if you would like to reinstate your delinquent Professional Architectural Corporation Certificate of Authority (your license number with begin with the letters “AC”).


    Architectural-Engineering Corporation(AEC)
    If your firm includes one or more licensed architects and one or more licensed engineers, it may meet the definition of an Architectural-Engineering Corporation within the meaning of La. R. S. 12:1171. To register as an A-E Corporation, such a firm must be lawfully incorporated, and it must annually file with the LSBAE and with LAPELS written requests for such licensure, designating therein a supervising Louisiana registered architect and a supervising Louisiana registered engineer. For more information, see La. R.S. 12:1171 et seq., particularly R.S. 12:1173 for designation requirements.

    Initial Registration: Please contact the Board office if you would like to apply for an Architectural-Engineering Corporation registration prior to June 30, 2017.

    Renew your current Registration: Use this form if you are renewing for the period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

    Delinquent Registration: Please contact the Board office If you would like to reinstate your delinquent Architectural-Engineering Corporation Certificate of Authority (your license number will begin with the letters “AE”).


    Limited Liability Company(LLC)
    To qualify for a limited liability company registration, a firm must (i) be lawfully organized as a limited liability company under the laws of Louisiana or some other state, (ii) maintain an in-state agent registered with the Secretary of State, and (iii) designate in its application for registration one or more supervising professional architects who shall perform or directly supervise the performance of all architectural services by the firm in Louisiana. Only a Louisiana licensed architect who is a full-time active employee of the firm and whose primary occupation is with that firm may be designated. See La. R.S. 12: 1301 and Board Rule § 1705. Please note that this does not apply to limited liability partnerships which need to register as an “Architectural Firm.”

    Initial Registration: Please contact the Board office if you would like to apply for a Limited Liability Company Certificate of Authority prior to June 30, 2017.

    Renew your current Registration: Use this form if you are renewing for the period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

    Delinquent Registration: Please contact the Board office if you would like to reinstate your delinquent Limited Liability Company registration (your license number will begin with the letters “LL”).


    Architectural Firm (AF)
    Pursuant to La R.S. 37:158 and Board Rule §1705, all architectural firms which practice or offer to practice architecture in Louisiana must register with and receive a Certificate of Authority from the Board. Types of firms that may qualify for registration as an Architectural Firm include corporations, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, associations, sole proprietorships, or other entities lawfully organized under the laws of Louisiana or other jurisdiction for the purpose of practicing architecture.

    To register, such a firm must designate in its application one or more supervising professional architects who shall perform or directly supervise the performance of all architectural services by the firm in Louisiana. See Board Rule §1705.G. Only a Louisiana licensed architect who is a full-time active employee of the firm and whose primary occupation is with that firm may be designated.

    Depending on the structure of the firm, it may be required to designate an in-state registered agent with the Louisiana Secretary of State, and other general corporation laws may be applicable. There are no shareholder or control requirements to register as an Architectural Firm.

    Initial Registration: Use this form if you would like to apply for an Architectural Firm Certificate of Authority.