In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the North Carolina Board of Architecture has adjusted its work policies and operations to protect the health and safety of our staff, Board members, the general public and licensees. Effective March 28, 2020, the Board office at 434 Fayetteville St, Suite 2005, Raleigh, NC 27601 will be closed to the public. The Board staff has instituted a remote work policy. We have technology in place to allow Board operations continue without interruption. We suggest that any items that must be sent to the Board office be sent via USPS.
All forms, rules and laws and general board information can be found on the web site www.ncbarch.org The Board office phone number is 984-328-1161. Please leave a message and your call will be returned ASAP.
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Inquiries related to official complaints, rules or laws or from Building Code Officials should be directed to Cathe Evans.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this crisis.
Statute Changes In Effect
The legislature approved changes to NCGS 83A. Sections 83A-2, 83A-7, 83A-11 included minor housekeeping changes. However, section 83A-13 (c) includes significant changes to exemptions as follows in red:
(c) Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to require an architectural license for the preparation, sale, or furnishing of plans, specifications and related data, or for the supervision of construction pursuant thereto, where the building, buildings, or project involved is in one of the following categories:
(1) A family residence, up to eight units attached with grade level exit, which is not a part of or physically connected with any other buildings or residential units;
(2) A building upon any farm for the use of any farmer, unless the building is of such nature and intended for such use as to substantially involve the health or safety of the public;
(3) An institutional or commercial building if it does not have a total value exceeding two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000);
(4) An institutional or commercial building if the total building area does not exceed 3,000 square feet in gross floor area;
(5) Alteration, remodeling, or renovation of an existing building that is exempt under this section, or alteration, remodeling, or renovation of an existing building or building site that does not alter or affect the structural system of the building; change the building’s access or exit pattern; or change the live or dead load on the building’s structural system. This subdivision shall not limit or change any other exemptions to this Chapter or to the practice of engineering under Chapter 89C of the General Statutes;
(6) The preparation and use of details and shop drawings, assembly or erection drawings, or graphic descriptions utilized to detail or illustrate a portion of the work required to construct the project in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared or to be prepared under the requirements or exemptions of this Chapter.
(c1) Notwithstanding subdivisions (c)(3) and (4) of this section, a commercial building project with a total value of less than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) and a total project area of less than 3,000 square feet shall be exempt from the requirement for a professional architectural seal.