PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 19,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Subtitle 21 BOARD ARCHITECTS
Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business
Occupations and Professions Article, §§3-101, 3-208, 3-209, 3-306, 3-307, 3-309, and 3-310; Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Board of Architects proposes to amend Regulation .03 under
COMAR 09.21.04 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on February 27, 2013, notice of which was
published in The Daily Record on February 21, 2013, in accordance with State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to increase license fees previously set by the Board in 2003 and then decreased in 2007. Pursuant to the
authority set forth in Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1, and 2-106.2, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland design boards,
including the Board of Architects, may set various fees, including a license fee, in order to cover the actual documented direct and
indirect costs of fulfilling their statutory and regulatory duties. The law provides that the Secretary must calculate these costs on
annual basis and provide them to the design boards for the purposes of fee-setting. Based on the current levels of revenues and expenses,
as certified to the design boards by the Department, it has become evident to the design boards that an increase in license fees is
necessary in order for the boards to meet their statutory obligations. The need for increase in fees is a result of a number of factors,
including, but not limited to, increase in personnel costs, as well as in fixed and indirect costs. The statute governing the design board’s
special fund limits a fee increase to 12.5 percent annually. As a result, the design boards, both individually and as members of the design
boards special fund cluster, decided to uniformly increase their applicable license/certificate fees. Therefore, the license fees for each
Board are being raised by 12.5 percent
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. There are currently 5,800 licensed architects. Due to staggered license renewals, 2,900 licensees are
expected to renew their licenses annually. In addition, an average of 300 individuals become licensed every year. Based on the assumption
that these numbers remain constant, the State Occupational and Professional Licensing Design Boards’ Fund will receive additional revenues
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
A. Assuming 2,900, or 50 percent of current licensees, renew their licenses in the first year and 300 individuals receive new licenses,
revenues totaling $27,200 (3,200 x $8.50) will be received by the Fund.
D. Applicants for new license and current licensees are presently paying $68 for a 2-year license. The proposed amendment will raise
the fee to $76.50, an increase of $8.50.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Professional Licensing Boards, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore,
MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted t
hrough October 30, 2013. A public hearing will be held October 30, 2013 at 11 a.m., 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room,
Baltimore, MD 21202, to hear comments from the public regarding the license fee increase.
Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of Architects during a public meeting to be held on December 16, 2013, at
500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.
.03 Fees and Costs.
A. The Secretary and the design boards have agreed to average their direct and indirect costs, based on the calculation of costs performed
by the Secretary in consultation with the design boards. Based on these calculations, the Board sets the following fees:
(1) License fee — [$68;] $76.50;
(2)—(4) (text unchanged)
B.—D. (text unchanged)
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