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May 6, 2011

State of Illinois

Professional Design Firms Must Register with State

Sole Proprietors Are Exempt

CHICAGO As the summer construction season gets underway, state regulators are reminding consumer to make sure that the architectural, engineering and land surveyor design firms they hire to plan their projects have the appropriate and necessary state registration.  Using a registered design firm protects consumers by ensuring that the individual professionals working for that firm are properly licensed All design firms are required register with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation (IDFPR), unless they consist of only one licensed professional, working under his or her own name.

In a memorandum issued today, the Department has reminded licensed professionals that the firm at which they work must be registered with the State.  Working for a firm that is not registered with the Department is a violation of the design practice acts under which they are licensed and could subject individual designers to disciplinary measures.

To ensure that architectural, engineering and landscape design projects meet the professional standards set by Illinois law and regulations, all technical submissions prepared by a Professional Design Firm shall contain the design firm registration number issued by the Department.  Local code enforcement officials may contact the Department at to verify the type of business entity, the firm registration number, the expiration of registration and the specific type of work the firm is authorized to perform.  A code enforcement official may also request from the firm a copy of its Professional Design Firm Registration.

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