PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 19,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Subtitle 28 BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business Occupations
and Professions Article, §§9-101, 9-206, 9-207, 9-306, 9-307, 9-309, and 9-314; Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects proposes to amend Regulation
.03 under This action was considered by the Board at a meeting held on March 18, 2013, notice of which was published in
40:5 Md. R. 448 (March 8, 2013), pursuant to 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 Examiners of Landscape 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/certificate 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 boards’ 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 fee for each Board is 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 960 licensed landscape architects. Due to staggered license renewals, 480
licensees are expected to renew their licenses annually. In addition, an average of 30 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 totaling $4,335.00.
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
A. Assuming 480, or 50 percent of current licensees, renew their licenses in the first year and 30 individuals receive new licenses,
additional revenues totaling $4,335 (510 x $8.50) will be received by the Fund.
D. Applicants for new licenses 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
through January 20, 2014. A public hearing will be held January 21, 2014, 1:30 p.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room,
Baltimore, MD 21202.
Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects during a public meeting to be held on
January 21, 2014, 2 p.m., 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.—C. (text unchanged)
CHRISTOPHER L. SCHEIN
State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects