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225 ILCS 305/21
(225 ILCS 305/21)
(from Ch. 111, par. 1321)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Professional design firm registration; conditions.
(a) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the formation, under the Professional Service Corporation Act, of a corporation to offer
Any business, including, but not limited to, a
Service Corporation, that includes the practice of architecture within its stated purposes,
practices architecture, or holds itself out as available to practice
register with the Department under this Section. Any professional service
corporation, sole proprietorship, or professional design firm offering
architectural services must have a resident architect in responsible charge of the
architectural practices in each location in which architectural services are
provided who shall be designated as a managing agent.
Any sole proprietorship not owned and operated by an Illinois licensed design
professional licensed under this Act is prohibited from offering
architectural services to the public. "Illinois licensed design professional"
means a person who holds an active license as an architect under this Act,
as a structural engineer under the Structural Engineering Practice Act of
1989, as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineering
Practice Act of 1989, or as a professional land surveyor under the Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989. Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by an
architect with an active license issued under this Act and conducting or
transacting such business under an assumed name in accordance with the Assumed Business Name Act shall comply with the registration
requirements of a professional design firm.
Any sole proprietorship owned and
operated by an
architect 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.
(b) Any business, including, but not limited to, a Professional Service
Corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or professional
seeking to be registered under this Section shall not be registered as a professional design firm unless:
(1) two-thirds of the board of directors, in the case
of a corporation, or two-thirds of the general partners, in the case of a partnership, or two-thirds of the members, in the case of a limited liability company, are licensed under the laws of any State to practice architecture, professional engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering; and
(2) a managing agent is (A) a sole proprietor or
director in the case of a corporation, a general partner in the case of a partnership, or a member in the case of a limited liability company, and (B) holds a license under this Act.
Any corporation, limited liability company, professional service
corporation, or partnership qualifying under this Section and
practicing in this State shall file with the Department any information
concerning its officers, directors, members, managers, partners or
beneficial owners as the Department may, by rule, require.
(c) No business shall offer the practice or hold itself out as available
to offer the practice
of architecture until it is registered with the Department as a professional design firm. Every entity registered as a professional design firm shall display its certificate of registration or a facsimile thereof in a conspicuous place in each office offering architectural services.
(d) Any business seeking to be registered under this
Section shall make application on a form provided by the Department and
shall provide any information requested by the Department, which shall
include but shall not be limited to all of the following:
(1) The name and architect's license number of at
least one person designated as a managing agent. In the case of a corporation, the corporation shall also submit a certified copy of the resolution by the board of directors designating at least one managing agent. If a limited liability company, the company shall submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating agreement designating at least one managing agent.
(2) The names and architect's, professional
engineer's, structural engineer's, or land surveyor's 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 architectural services.
(4) A list of all assumed names of the business.
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to exempt a business 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.
(e) If a managing agent is terminated or terminates his or her
as managing agent of the professional design firm, the managing agent and
the professional design firm shall notify the Department of this fact in writing,
mail or email, within 10 business days of termination.
Thereafter, the professional design firm, if it has so informed the
Department, has 30 days in which to notify the Department of the name and
architect's license number of the architect who is the 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 regular mail or email, within the specified time, the registration shall be
terminated without prior hearing. Notification of termination shall be sent by regular
mail to the address of record. If the professional
design firm continues to operate and offer architectural services after the
termination, the Department may seek prosecution under Sections 22 and 23.5 for the unlicensed practice of architecture.
(f) No professional design firm shall be relieved of responsibility
for the conduct or acts of its agents, employees, or officers by reason of
its compliance with this Section, nor shall any individual practicing
architecture 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 architect. 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.
(Source: P.A. 101-346, eff. 8-9-19.)