It was noted in March that the licensure fees for Virginia architects would remain as they are for several more years. The administrators for the board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior designers, and Landscape Architects revealed that the APELSCIDLA regulants’ fees would remain constant maybe through 2017.
The law controlling the assessment of licensing fees requires that the money generated by the fees be within a small percentage of the actual department’s needs. APELSCIDLA and several other boards are financed wholly through these fees. They receive no support from the state’s general fund. Currently the budget figures look good, it was noted during the board’s meeting.
The time required to change regulations means that the board must begin the process a couple of years prior to the date that the department’s administration believes adjustments must be made. Should 2017 become the target date for implementation, discussions of fees would begin as early as 2015.
In Virginia, architects are licensed for life. The licensees must renew their registration every two years. Fees for architects as listed in the 2010 board regulations are as follows:
- $75 for application for licensure
- $55 for renewal of registration