(225 ILCS 330/25) (from Ch. 111, par. 3275)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 25. Professional design firm registration.
    (a) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the formation, under the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act, of a corporation to offer the practice of professional land surveying.
    Any business, including a Professional Service Corporation, that includes within its stated purposes or practices, or holds itself out as available to practice, professional land surveying shall be registered with the Department pursuant to the provisions set forth in this Section.
    Any sole proprietorship not owned and operated by an Illinois licensed design professional licensed under this Act shall be prohibited from offering professional land surveyor services to the public. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by a professional land surveyor with an active license issued under this Act and conducting or transacting such business under an assumed name in accordance with the provisions of the Assumed Business Name Act shall comply with the registration requirements of a professional design firm. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by a Professional Land Surveyor with an active license issued under this Act and conducting or transacting such business under the real name of the sole proprietor is exempt from the registration requirements of a professional design firm. "Illinois licensed design professional" means a person who holds an active license as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, as an architect under the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, as a structural engineer under the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, or as a Professional Land Surveyor under this Act.
    (b) Any professional design firm seeking to be registered pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall not be registered unless one or more managing agents in charge of land surveyor activities in this State are designated by the professional design firm. Each managing agent must at all times maintain a valid, active license to practice professional land surveying in Illinois.
    No individual whose license to practice professional land surveying in this State is currently in a suspended or revoked state shall act as a managing agent for a professional design firm.
    (c) Any business seeking to be registered under this Section shall make application on a form provided by the Department and shall provide such information as requested by the Department, which shall include, but not be limited to:
        (1) the name and license number of the person
    
designated as the managing agent in responsible charge of the practice of professional land surveying in Illinois. In the case of a corporation, the corporation shall also submit a certified copy of the resolution by the board of directors designating the managing agent. In the case of a limited liability company, the company shall submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating agreement designating the managing agent;
        (2) the names and license numbers of the directors,
    
in the case of a corporation, the members, in the case of a limited liability company, or general partners, in the case of a partnership;
        (3) a list of all office locations at which the
    
professional design firm provides professional land surveying services to the public; and
        (4) a list of all assumed names of the business.
    
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to exempt a professional design firm, sole proprietorship, or professional service corporation from compliance with the requirements of the Assumed Business Name Act.
    It is the responsibility of the professional design firm to provide the Department notice, in writing, of any changes in the information requested on the application.
    (d) The Department shall issue to each business a certificate of registration to practice professional land surveying or offer the services of its licensees in this State upon submittal of a proper application for registration and payment of fees. The expiration date and renewal period for each registration and renewal procedures shall be established by rule.
    (e) In the event a managing agent is terminated or terminates his or her status as managing agent of the professional design firm, the managing agent and a professional design firm shall notify the Department of this fact in writing, by certified mail, within 10 business days of such termination. Thereafter, the professional design firm, if it has so informed the Department, shall have 30 days in which to notify the Department of the name and licensure number of a newly designated managing agent. If a corporation, the corporation shall also submit a certified copy of a resolution by the board of directors designating the new managing agent. If a limited liability company, the company shall also submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating agreement designating the new managing agent. The Department may, upon good cause shown, extend the original 30 day period.
    If the professional design firm has not notified the Department in writing, by certified mail within the specified time, the registration shall be terminated without prior hearing. Notification of termination shall be sent by certified mail to the address of record of the business. If the professional design firm continues to operate and offer professional land surveyor services after the termination, the Department may seek prosecution under Sections 27, 43, and 16.5 of this Act for the unlicensed practice of professional land surveying.
    No professional design firm shall be relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of its agent, employees, members, managers, or officers by reason of its compliance with this Section, nor shall any individual practicing professional land surveying be relieved of the responsibility for professional services performed by reason of the individual's employment or relationship with a professional design firm registered under this Section.
    (g) Disciplinary action against a professional design firm registered under this Section shall be administered in the same manner and on the same grounds as disciplinary action against a licensed professional land surveyor. All disciplinary action taken or pending against a corporation or partnership before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1999 shall be continued or remain in effect without the Department filing separate actions.
    (h) Any professional services corporation, sole proprietorship, or professional design firm offering land surveying services must have a resident professional land surveyor whose license is not suspended or revoked overseeing the land surveying practices in each location in which land surveying services are provided.
(Source: P.A. 96-626, eff. 8-24-09.)