PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT REGISTRATION AND LICENSING ACT
54-3003. Qualifications — Examinations — Board — Licenses — Fees — Endorsement — Exemptions — Individuals, partnerships and corporations — Restriction on use of name — Seal. (1) Application and practice. In order to safeguard human health and property, and to promote the public welfare, any person in either public or private capacity practicing or offering to practice landscape architecture shall be required to submit evidence of qualifications to practice and shall be issued a license under the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Qualifications. For licensure as a landscape architect, evidence must be submitted to the board that the applicant:
(a) Is eighteen (18) years of age or older;
(b) Has graduated from a college or school of landscape architecture approved by the board. In lieu of graduation from an approved college or school of landscape architecture, an applicant may present evidence of at least eight (8) years of actual, practical experience in landscape architecture of a grade and character satisfactory to the board, as established by rule, that the applicant is competent to practice landscape architecture; and
(c) Has successfully passed an examination approved by the board.
(3) Examinations. The board shall adopt rules covering the subjects and scope of the examinations. Every applicant for license as a landscape architect shall be required, in addition to all other requirements, to establish by written examination his competency to plan, design, specify and supervise the installation and construction of landscape architectural projects. Each written examination may be supplemented by such oral examinations as the board may determine.
(4) The board.
(a) There is hereby created in the division of occupational and professional licenses an Idaho state board of landscape architects. The board shall consist of two (2) landscape architects and one (1) member of the public with an interest in the rights of the consumers of landscape architect services. Members of the board shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor and must be residents of this state. The terms of the members of the board shall be for four (4) years. Each member shall hold office until the appointment and qualification of his successor. Vacancies occurring prior to the expiration of the term shall be filled by appointment in like manner for the unexpired term.
(b) The board shall have, in addition to the powers set forth elsewhere in this chapter, the following powers and duties:
(i) To authorize, by written agreement, the division of occupational and professional licenses to act as agent in its interest, and to make such rules as shall be necessary in the performance of its duties;
(ii) To adopt rules of professional responsibility;
(iii) To adopt rules requiring the completion of continuing education by each licensee on an annual basis;
(iv) The board, or its duly appointed hearing officer, shall have the power in any disciplinary proceeding against a licensee under this chapter, to administer oaths, take depositions of witnesses within or outside of the state in the manner provided by law in civil cases, and to apply to any district court of this state for a subpoena to require the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such books, records and papers as the board deems necessary in a disciplinary proceeding against a licensee. The fees and mileage of the witnesses shall be the same as that allowed in the district courts in criminal cases, which fees and mileage shall be paid in the same manner as other board expenses. In any case of disobedience to, or neglect of, any subpoena or subpoena duces tecum served upon any person, or refusal of any witness to testify to any matter about which he may lawfully be interrogated, it shall be the duty of any district court in this state on application by the board to compel compliance with the subpoena by conducting proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from such court or for refusal to testify therein. The licensed person accused in such proceedings shall have the same right of subpoena.
(c) The board shall elect, at its first meeting of every calendar year, a chairman from its members. In carrying out the provisions of this chapter, all members of the board shall be compensated as provided by section 59-509(m), Idaho Code. Payment of travel and other expenses shall be made from the occupational licenses fund.
(5) Renewal and reinstatement — Revenue.
(a) All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to annual renewal and shall expire unless renewed in the manner prescribed by the board regarding applications for renewal, continuing education, and fees. License renewal and reinstatement shall be in accordance with section 67-2614, Idaho Code.
(b) Amounts. The amount of fees shall be as determined by the board within the following stated limits:
(i) The application fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
(ii) The fee for examination to be established by board rule not to exceed that charged by the council of landscape architectural registration boards plus a fifty dollar ($50.00) processing fee. The board may recover the actual costs associated with an applicant’s review of a failed examination.
(iii) The fee for an original license and the annual license fee not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200).
(c) Refund. Fees shall be nonrefundable.
(d) Deposit. All fees received under the provisions of this chapter shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the occupational licenses fund and all costs and expenses incurred by the board under the provisions of this chapter shall be a charge against and paid from said fund for such purposes, and the funds collected hereunder shall be immediately available for the administration of this chapter, the provisions of any other law notwithstanding. In no instance will the occupational licenses fund be obligated to pay any claims that in aggregate with claims already paid exceed the income to the occupational licenses fund which has been derived by the application of this chapter.
(e) Appropriation. The money paid into the occupational licenses fund is continuously appropriated to the board for expenditure in the manner prescribed herein to defray the expenses of the board and in carrying out and enforcing the provisions of this chapter.
(6) Endorsement provisions. The board may approve for licensure:
(a) An individual with a current council of landscape architectural registration boards (CLARB) certification; or
(b) With limited examination an applicant who is legally registered or licensed as a landscape architect in any other state or country whose requirements for registration or licensure are at least substantially equivalent to the requirements of this state.
(a) None of the provisions of this chapter shall prevent employees of those lawfully practicing as landscape architects from acting under the instruction, control or supervision of their employers.
(b) None of the provisions of this chapter shall apply to the business conducted in this state by any land use planner, horticulturist, nurseryman, or landscape nurseryman, gardener, landscape gardener, landscape designer, or landscape contractor, as these terms are generally used, or any other person, including, but not limited to, their right to plan and supervise in connection therewith, except that no such person shall use the designation "landscape architect," "landscape architecture," or any description tending to convey the impression that they are a licensed landscape architect unless they are registered as provided in this chapter.
(c) This chapter shall not apply to architects, professional engineers, geologists, and land surveyors licensed to practice their respective professions.
(8) This chapter applies to individuals only.
(a) All licenses shall be issued to individuals only but nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent a duly licensed landscape architect from rendering professional services for a corporation, firm, partnership or association.
(b) Partners. Each partner in a partnership of landscape architects shall be licensed to practice landscape architecture or to provide allied professional services as defined in section 30-21-901, Idaho Code. Subject to this requirement, a partnership of landscape architects may use a partnership name if such name consists of:
(i) The names of two (2) or more landscape architects.
(ii) The names of one (1) or more landscape architects and one (1) or more professional engineers or architects.
(c) Any person applying to the official of any county or city for a business license to practice landscape architecture shall at the time of such application exhibit to such official satisfactory evidence that such applicant possesses a current Idaho license. The business license shall not be granted until such evidence is presented, any contrary provision of any special act or general act notwithstanding.
(9) Qualifications for practice — Seal:
(a) No person shall use the designation "landscape architect" or "landscape architecture" or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that the person is a landscape architect, or practicing landscape architecture, unless such person is a licensed landscape architect. Every holder of a license shall display it in the principal office, place of business or place of employment.
(b) Every landscape architect shall have a seal approved by the board, which shall contain the name of the landscape architect and the words "Licensed Landscape Architect, State of Idaho," and such other words or figures as the board may deem necessary and prescribe.
(i) The seal may be a rubber stamp or an electronically applied seal. Whenever the seal is applied, the licensee’s written signature and the date shall be adjacent to or across the seal. The seal, signature and date shall be placed on all final reports, drawings and title pages of specifications, design information and calculations. Whenever presented to a client or to the public, such documents that are not final and do not contain a seal, signature and date, shall be clearly marked as "preliminary," "draft," "not for construction" or similar words to distinguish the documents from a finished product.
(ii) The application of the licensee’s seal, signature and the date shall constitute certification that the work thereon was prepared by such landscape architect or under the supervision of such landscape architect. Each plan or drawing sheet shall be sealed and signed by the licensee or the licensee’s agent responsible for each sheet. The principal landscape architect in charge shall sign and seal the title or first sheet. Copies of electronically produced documents listed in paragraph (b)(i) of this subsection that are distributed for informational use, such as for bidding purposes or working copies, may be issued with the licensee’s seal and a notice that the original document is on file with the licensee’s signature and date. The words "original signed by:" and "date signed:" shall be placed adjacent to or across the seal of the electronic original. The storage location of the original documents shall also be provided. Only the title page of reports, specifications and like documents need bear the seal and signature of the licensee and the date.
(iii) Nothing contained herein shall be construed to permit a landscape architect to practice as a licensed architect, a licensed professional engineer or a licensed land surveyor as these professions are defined by Idaho Code; provided however, nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent a landscape architect from practicing landscape architecture.
[54-3003, added 1972, ch. 390, sec. 3, p. 771; am. 1974, ch. 13, sec. 190, p. 138; am. 1980, ch. 247, sec. 74, p. 640; am. 1986, ch. 53, sec. 1, p. 156; am. 1989, ch. 56, sec. 1, p. 74; am. 1993, ch. 204, sec. 1, p. 560; am. 1996, ch. 66, sec. 7, p. 204; am. 2003, ch. 21, sec. 14, p. 85; am. 2003, ch. 225, sec. 2, p. 579; am. 2006, ch. 128, sec. 1, p. 371; am. 2015, ch. 251, sec. 9, p. 1051; am. 2016, ch. 340, sec. 34, p. 952; am. 2021, ch. 222, sec. 26, p. 639.]