(225 ILCS 340/19) (from Ch. 111, par. 6619)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 19. Professional design firm registration; conditions.
    (a) Nothing in this Act prohibits the formation, under the provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act, as amended, of a corporation to practice structural engineering.
    Any business, including a Professional Service Corporation, that includes within its stated purposes, practices, or holds itself out as available to practice, structural engineering, shall be registered with the Department pursuant to the provisions of this Section.
    Any sole proprietorship not owned and operated by an Illinois licensed design professional licensed under this Act shall be prohibited from offering structural engineering services to the public. "Illinois licensed design professional" means a person who holds an active license as a structural engineer under this Act, as an architect under the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, or as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by a structural engineer 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 structural engineer 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.
    Any partnership which includes within its purpose, practices, or holds itself out as available to practice structural engineering, shall register with the Department pursuant to the provisions set forth in this Section.
    (b) Any professional design firm seeking to be registered under the provisions of this Section shall not be registered unless at least one managing agent in charge of structural engineering activities in this State is designated by the professional design firm. A designated managing agent must at all times maintain a valid, active license to practice structural engineering in Illinois.
    No individual whose license to practice structural engineering in this State is currently in a suspended or revoked status shall act as a managing agent for a professional design firm.
    (c) No business shall practice or hold itself out as available to practice structural engineering until it is registered with the Department.
    (d) Any business seeking to be registered under this Section shall apply for a certificate of registration on a form provided by the Department and shall provide such information as requested by the Department, which shall include but shall 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 structural engineering 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 locations at which the professional
    
design firm provides structural engineering 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 shall be the responsibility of the professional design firm to provide the Department notice, in writing, of any changes in the information requested on the application.
    (e) In the event a managing agent is terminated or terminates his status as managing agent of the professional design firm, such managing agent and 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 registration 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 fails to notify the Department in writing within the specified time, the registration shall be terminated without prior hearing. Notification of termination shall be sent to the address of record. If the professional design firm continues to operate and offer structural engineering services after the termination, the Department may seek prosecution under Sections 20, 34, and 34a of this Act for the unlicensed practice of structural engineering.
    (f) No professional design firm shall be relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of its agents, employees, members, managers, or officers by reason of its compliance with this Section, nor shall any individual practicing structural engineering 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 structural engineer. All disciplinary action taken or pending against a corporation or partnership before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 shall be continued or remain in effect without the Department filing separate actions.
    It is unlawful for any person to practice, or to attempt to practice, structural engineering, without being licensed under this Act. It is unlawful for any business not subject to the sole proprietorship exemption to offer or provide structural engineering services without active registration issued by the Department as a professional design firm or professional service corporation.
(Source: P.A. 96-610, eff. 8-24-09.)