Please be advised that extreme weather conditions are expected in the Triangle area Thursday, February 26, 2015, that will likely prevent staff from traveling to their work stations in Raleigh. Due to lingering effects of the winter storm, we expect to continue to be at reduced staffing levels on Friday, February 27 and until travel conditions improve in the metro-Triangle area. If you need to visit our offices for service, we strongly encourage you to call (919) 807-2225 before making the trip to ensure that we have staff on hand to meet your needs. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

North Carolina Board of Architecture

Established by legislative action in 1915 with the sole
charge of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


Tyler Barrick

Firm/CE Compliance Administrator


Below is a summary of the procedures, laws and guidelines to obtain a professional business entity license through the NC Board of Architecture.


Bookmark the link to the NC Board of Architecture for your future reference.

Procedure to Create a Professional Business Entity

  • Download and complete the appropriate business entity creation document from the Forms link on the Corporations Division website.
  • Download and complete the appropriate application from the forms link on the NC Board of Architecture web site.
  • Submit Board of Architecture application, required Supporting documentation and payment in the amount Of $75 to the NC Board of Architecture.
  • The Board of Architecture will examine both documents and if sufficient, will provide a certification letter.
  • Submit the creation document along with the Board's certification letter to the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State's Office for filing with either $125 for a domestic entity (North Carolina) or $250 for a foreign entity receiving a Certificate of Authority.
  • For North Carolina Entities: Return a filed copy of the Articles of Incorporation/Organization from this office along with the Part II application (as provided by the Board of Architecture) to the Board of Architecture. The Board will then issue the license.
  • For Foreign Entities: Return a filed copy of the Certificate of Authority from this office. The Board will then issue the license.

North Carolina Statutes

Secretary of State


  • Chapter 83A - Architects
    • o 83A-8 - Qualifications for corporate practice
    • o 83A-9 - Partnership practice
    • o 83A-12 - Prohibited practice

North Carolina Administrative Code

Secretary of State

  • 18 NCAC 04 .0318 - Authorization of Foreign Professional Corporations
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0502 - Words Prohibited in Addition to Statutory Prohibitions
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0503 - Deceptively Similar and Distinguishable Names
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0504 - Filing Fictitious or Assumed Name for Foreign Entity

NC Board of Architecture

  • 21 NCAC 02 .0205 - Name of Firm
  • 21 NCAC 02 .0214 - Corporate Practice of Architecture
  • 21 NCAC 02 .0215 - Foreign Corporations
  • 21 NCAC 02 .0218 - Limited Liability Companies
  • 21 NCAC 02 .0219 - Registered Limited Liability Partnerships

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