2010 California Code
Business and Professions Code
Article 6. Revenue

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
SECTION 5600-5604



5600.  (a) All licenses issued or renewed under this chapter shall
expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the birth month of the
licenseholder in each odd-numbered year following the issuance or
renewal of the license.
   (b) To renew an unexpired license, the licenseholder shall, before
the time at which the license would otherwise expire, apply for
renewal on a form prescribed by the board and pay the renewal fee
prescribed by this chapter.
   (c) The renewal form shall include a statement specifying whether
the licensee was convicted of a crime or disciplined by another
public agency during the preceding renewal period and that the
licensee's representations on the renewal form are true, correct, and
contain no material omissions of fact, to the best knowledge and
belief of the licensee.



5600.05.  (a) (1) As a condition of license renewal, a licensee
shall have completed coursework regarding disability access
requirements pursuant to paragraphs (2) and (3). A licensee shall
certify to the board, as a part of the license renewal process, that
he or she has completed the required coursework prior to approval of
his or her license renewal and shall, until the conclusion of the
license renewal cycle beginning January 1, 2011, provide
documentation to the board from the course provider that shall
include the course title, subjects covered, name of provider and
trainer or educator, date of completion, number of hours completed,
and a statement about the trainer's or educator's knowledge and
experience background. Commencing with the license renewal cycle
beginning January 1, 2013, a licensee shall, upon a board audit,
provide the documentation from the course provider to the board. A
licensee who provides false or misleading information as it relates
specifically to the requirements of this paragraph shall be subject
to an administrative citation, which may include an administrative
fine pursuant to Section 125.9, or to disciplinary action by the
board.
   (2) (A) For licenses renewed on and after July 1, 2009, and before
January 1, 2010, a licensee shall have completed one hour of
coursework.
   (B) For licenses renewed on and after January 1, 2010, and before
January 1, 2011, a licensee shall have completed two and one-half
hours of coursework.
   (C) For licenses renewed on and after January 1, 2011, a licensee
shall have completed five hours of coursework within the previous two
years.
   (3) Coursework regarding disability access requirements shall
include information and practical guidance concerning requirements
imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law
101-336; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), state laws that govern access
to public facilities, and federal and state regulations adopted
pursuant to those laws. Coursework provided pursuant to this
paragraph shall be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge
and expertise in these requirements.
   (b) The board may audit the records of a licensee to verify the
completion of the coursework requirements of subdivision (a). A
licensee shall maintain records of completion of the required
coursework, containing the information specified in paragraph (1) of
subdivision (a), for two years from the date of license renewal and
shall make those records available to the board for auditing upon
request.
   (c) Until January 1, 2015, the board shall audit at least 3
percent of the license renewals received each year to verify the
completion of the continuing education requirements of this
subdivision.
   (d) On or before January 1, 2019, the board shall submit a letter
to the Legislature on the disability access continuing education
provisions required under this subdivision, including the level of
licensee compliance with the requirements, any actions taken by the
board for noncompliance with the requirements, the findings of board
audits, and any recommendations of the board for improving the
process.



5600.1.  The board shall give written notice to a licensee 30 days
in advance of the regular renewal date and shall give written notice
by registered mail 90 days in advance of the expiration of the fifth
year that a renewal fee has not been paid.
   The board shall also notify licensees of the availability of
abstract and other informational materials on requirements for
interior and exterior barrier-free design to permit access to and use
of the architectural environment by the physically handicapped.



5600.2.  Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a license
which has expired may be renewed at any time within five years after
its expiration on filing of application for renewal on a form
prescribed by the board, and payment of all accrued and unpaid
renewal fees. If a license is renewed more than 30 days after its
expiration, the licenseholder, as a condition precedent to renewal,
shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed by this chapter.
Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which
the application is filed, on the date on which the renewal fee is
paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid,
whichever last occurs. If so renewed, the license shall continue in
effect through the expiration date provided in this chapter which
next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall
expire if it is not again renewed.



5600.3.  A license which is not renewed within five years after its
expiration may not be renewed, restored, reissued, or reinstated
thereafter. The holder of the expired license may apply for and
obtain a new license only if he or she pays all of the fees, and
meets all of the requirements set forth in this chapter for obtaining
an original license, except as follows:
   (a) An examination shall not be required if the expired license
was issued without an examination.
   (b) Examination may be waived by the board if it finds that with
due regard for the public interest, the holder of the expired license
is qualified to practice architecture.
   (c) The holder of the expired license shall not be required to
meet the qualifications set forth in this chapter relating to
education.
   The board may, by regulation, authorize the waiver or refund of
all or any part of the application fee paid by a person to whom a
license is issued without an examination under this section.



5600.4.  (a) The board shall issue, upon application and payment of
the fee fixed by this chapter, a retired license to an architect who
holds a license that is current and active or capable of being
renewed pursuant to Section 5600.2 and whose license is not
suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board
or subject to disciplinary action under this chapter.
   (b) The holder of a retired license issued pursuant to this
section shall not engage in any activity for which an active
architect's license is required. An architect holding a retired
license shall be permitted to use the title "architect retired" or
"retired architect."
   (c) The holder of a retired license shall not be required to renew
that license.
   (d) In order for the holder of a retired license issued pursuant
to this section to restore his or her license to active status, the
holder of a retired license shall comply with Section 5600.3.



5601.  Within 10 days after the beginning of every month, all fees
collected by the department for the month preceding, under the
provisions of this chapter, shall be paid into the State Treasury to
the credit of the California Architects Board Fund.




5602.  The money paid into the California Architects Board Fund,
which is hereby continued in existence, shall be used in the manner
prescribed by law to defray the expenses of the board in carrying out
and enforcing the provisions of this chapter.



5603.  The board shall make available to local building departments,
and others upon request, an official roster listing the name,
license number, and address of all its licensees issued licenses
pursuant to this chapter and who are in good standing. The roster
shall be open to inspection by the public during office hours of the
board. Except for local building departments, the board may charge a
fee for the maintenance, publication, and distribution of the roster,
not to exceed the actual cost. All fees collected pursuant to this
section shall be deposited in the California Architects Board Fund.



5604.  The fees prescribed by this chapter for architect applicants
or architect licenseholders shall be fixed by the board as follows:
   (a) The application fee for reviewing a candidate's eligibility to
take any section of the examination may not exceed one hundred
dollars ($100).
   (b) The fee for any section of the examination administered by the
board may not exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
   (c) The fee for an original license at an amount equal to the
renewal fee in effect at the time the license is issued, except that,
if the license is issued less than one year before the date on which
it will expire, then the fee shall be fixed at an amount equal to 50
percent of the renewal fee in effect at the time the license is
issued. The board may, by appropriate regulation, provide for the
waiver or refund of the fee for an original license if the license is
issued less than 45 days before the date on which it will expire.
   (d) The fee for an application for reciprocity may not exceed one
hundred dollars ($100).
   (e) The fee for a duplicate license may not exceed twenty-five
dollars ($25).
   (f) The renewal fee may not exceed four hundred dollars ($400).
   (g) The delinquency fee may not exceed 50 percent of the renewal
fee.
   (h) The fee for a retired license may not exceed the fee
prescribed in subdivision (c).

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