Form DBPR AR5 "Application to Qualify Architectural Business Organization" - Florida

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State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Application to Qualify an Architectural Business Organization
Form # DBPR AR 5
Requirements for Qualified Architectural Business Organization
At least one of the principal officers, directors, owners or managing members (see definition below)
of the corporation or limited liability company, partner of a partnership, or person practicing under a
fictitious name must be a Florida licensed architect.
o A principal officer as defined and registered with the Department of State, Division of
Corporations www.sunbiz.org; or
o Any other officer who has management responsibilities in the business entity, as documented by
the charter or by-laws.
All personnel of the business entity who act in its behalf in Florida as architects must be Florida
licensed architects.
APPLICATION CHECKLIST – IMPORTANT – Submit all items on the checklist below with your
application to ensure faster processing.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete application form # DBPR AR-5 Application for Certificate of Authorization Architectural
Business
Provide proof of the Certificate of Status as registered with the Department of State, Division of
Corporations (sunbiz.org)
Please mail your completed application, documentation and required fee(s) to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783
Important Information:
1. Per Section 481.219(5), Florida Statutes, a qualified business organization shall be required for a
corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or person practicing under a fictitious name,
offering architectural services to the public jointly or separately.
2. Exceptions to the qualified business organization requirement:
a. A person is not required to qualify a business organization when practicing under a fictitious
name if the individual practices in his or her own name and is a sole proprietor. Example: John
Smith Architectural Design.
b. Branch offices do not require additional qualification as long as they practice in the same
name registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations and licensed by
the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
3. Florida Statutes strictly prohibit the offering or solicitation of architectural services prior to a
business organization being qualified by a Florida licensed architect).
4. Section 481.221(10), Florida Statutes, each business organization must include the license
number of the registered architect who serves as the qualifying agent for that business organization in
any newspaper, telephone directory, or other advertising medium. A person practicing in his or her
own name as a sole proprietor shall include their personal architect license number in
advertisements. Refer to Rule 61G1-11.013, Florida Administrative Code for additional advertising
requirements.
5. Rule 61G1-12.001, Florida Administrative Code, states in part that an architect, corporation,
partnership, or business entity holding a certificate of authorization shall not advertise goods or
services in a manner which is fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading in form or content. If the
business entity name contains the word “architects” then the business entity must employ more than
one licensed architect. Corporate, partnership or fictitious names shall not be used or displayed
except in conjunction with the word or words “architect”, “architecture”, or “architectural” clearly
DBPR AR 5 Application to Qualify an Architectural Business Organization
Eff. Date: July 2020
Incorporated by Rule: 61-35.002
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State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Application to Qualify an Architectural Business Organization
Form # DBPR AR 5
Requirements for Qualified Architectural Business Organization
At least one of the principal officers, directors, owners or managing members (see definition below)
of the corporation or limited liability company, partner of a partnership, or person practicing under a
fictitious name must be a Florida licensed architect.
o A principal officer as defined and registered with the Department of State, Division of
Corporations www.sunbiz.org; or
o Any other officer who has management responsibilities in the business entity, as documented by
the charter or by-laws.
All personnel of the business entity who act in its behalf in Florida as architects must be Florida
licensed architects.
APPLICATION CHECKLIST – IMPORTANT – Submit all items on the checklist below with your
application to ensure faster processing.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete application form # DBPR AR-5 Application for Certificate of Authorization Architectural
Business
Provide proof of the Certificate of Status as registered with the Department of State, Division of
Corporations (sunbiz.org)
Please mail your completed application, documentation and required fee(s) to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783
Important Information:
1. Per Section 481.219(5), Florida Statutes, a qualified business organization shall be required for a
corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or person practicing under a fictitious name,
offering architectural services to the public jointly or separately.
2. Exceptions to the qualified business organization requirement:
a. A person is not required to qualify a business organization when practicing under a fictitious
name if the individual practices in his or her own name and is a sole proprietor. Example: John
Smith Architectural Design.
b. Branch offices do not require additional qualification as long as they practice in the same
name registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations and licensed by
the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
3. Florida Statutes strictly prohibit the offering or solicitation of architectural services prior to a
business organization being qualified by a Florida licensed architect).
4. Section 481.221(10), Florida Statutes, each business organization must include the license
number of the registered architect who serves as the qualifying agent for that business organization in
any newspaper, telephone directory, or other advertising medium. A person practicing in his or her
own name as a sole proprietor shall include their personal architect license number in
advertisements. Refer to Rule 61G1-11.013, Florida Administrative Code for additional advertising
requirements.
5. Rule 61G1-12.001, Florida Administrative Code, states in part that an architect, corporation,
partnership, or business entity holding a certificate of authorization shall not advertise goods or
services in a manner which is fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading in form or content. If the
business entity name contains the word “architects” then the business entity must employ more than
one licensed architect. Corporate, partnership or fictitious names shall not be used or displayed
except in conjunction with the word or words “architect”, “architecture”, or “architectural” clearly
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indicating that such business entity engages in the practice of architecture. If the business entity
name does not include “architect”, “architecture”, or “architectural”, the business entity must identify
such services on their business stationery and advertisements.
6. Section 481.229(5) (a), Florida Statutes, nothing contained in this part shall prevent a registered
architect or a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation holding a valid certificate of
authorization to provide architectural services from performing any interior design service or from
using the title “interior designer” or “registered interior designer”.
7. Rule 61G1-16.004, Florida Administrative Code, Title Block, provides information about signing
and sealing plans as a qualified business organization.
Instructions
If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application, please contact the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Customer Contact Center, at 850.487.1395.
Application Instructions by Section
1) Section I- Application Type
a) Select the transaction, Qualify an Architectural Business Organization..
2) Section II- Company Information
a) Provide the name of the architectural business for which you are applying to qualify as it is
registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations at www.sunbiz.org.
b) The “Doing Business As” (D/B/A) name must be provided as it is registered with the Florida
Department of State, Division of Corporations, if the architectural business uses a fictitious name
to conduct business. A fictitious name is any name under which a person transacts business in
this state, other than his/her legal name. Example- A business named Smith Architectural
Business, which is not incorporated, would be considered a fictitious name because “Smith” alone
is not an individual’s legal name.
c) Applicants must provide the Tax Identification Number for the business to be licensed.
(Federal Employer Identification number or Social Security number, as applicable.) See
www.irs.gov
for more information.
d) Select the type of business organization which applies to the architectural business for which
you are applying to qualify.
e) Provide the mailing address of the architectural business. This may be a post office address.
f)
Provide the street address where the architectural business will be conducting business. A
post office box address is not acceptable for the business location.
g) Contact information is often used to quickly resolve questions with applications by telephone
call or email. If contact information is not provided, questions regarding applications will be
mailed to the applicant’s mailing address and may take longer to resolve.
i.
Enter the name of the contact person for the architectural business. This should be an
officer, partner, or managing member of the business able to answer questions regarding
this application.
ii.
Provide a valid telephone number and email address so that the Department may contact
you regarding your application or license.
3) Section III- Qualifier and Responsible Supervisor Information
a) Provide the name, principal officer title/position as defined and registered with the
Department of State, Division of Corporations www.sunbiz.org, and the Florida architect
license number of the person who will qualify the architectural business.
b) Provide the qualifying architect’s email address and telephone number.
c) Answer whether the qualifying architect will also serve as the responsible supervisor for the
architectural business organization.
d) If the qualifying architect will not be the responsible supervisor for the architectural business,
provide the name, title/position, Florida architect license number and contact information for
the person who will serve as the responsible supervisor of the architectural business. If
another licensee, other than the qualifier, serves as the responsible supervisor in control of
the business, that individual is not required to be a principal officer.
4) Section IV- Principal Officers, Partners, and Architects
a) Provide the name, principal officer title/position, Florida architect license number, and contact
information for each person who is a principal officer, partner, or a licensed architect
employed by the architectural business in Florida.
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5) Section V- Background Questions
a) Answer the background questions. If you answer “YES” to any question, attach an
explanation of the circumstances and resolutions to such action.
6) Section VI- Branch Office Information
a) Provide the street address where the architectural business branch office will be conducting
business. A post office box address is not acceptable for the branch office business location.
b) Provide the name, Florida architect license number, and contact information for the architect
who will serve as the responsible supervisor of the branch office.
7) Section VII- Marketing Office Information
a) Provide the street address where the architectural business marketing office will be
conducting business. A post office box address is not acceptable for the business location.
b) Provide a valid email address and phone number for each location.
8) Section VIII- Affirmation by Written Declaration
a) Qualifying Agent must read, sign, and date the affirmation by written declaration.
b) If the applicant fails to sign the affirmation statement, the application will not be complete and
cannot be approved.
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State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Application to Qualify Architectural Business Organization
Form # DBPR AR 5
If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application, please contact the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Customer Contact Center, at 850.487.1395.
For additional information see the Instructions at the beginning of this application.
Section I – Application Type
APPLICATION TRANSACTION TYPE
Qualify an Architectural Business Organization [0202/1030]
Section II – Business Organization Information
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Business Name:
Doing Business As (D/B/A):
Tax Identification Number:
Business Type:  Corporation
 Limited Liability Company  Sole Proprietor
Partnership
 Fictitious Name
Other (please specify):
MAILING ADDRESS
Street Address or P.O. Box
City
State
Zip Code
County (if Florida address)
Country
BUSINESS LOCATION ADDRESS
Street Address
City
State
Zip Code
County (if Florida address)
Country
CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Name:
Primary Phone Number
Primary E-Mail Address
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Section III – Qualifier and Responsible Supervisor Information
QUALIFYING ARCHITECT
NOTE: Each business entity is required to be qualified by a Florida licensed architect. The qualifier must
have a current, active license in Florida and be a principal officer of the business organization as defined
and registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations at www.sunbiz.org.
The architect’s name and position must be clearly identified within the business organization’s Articles of
Incorporation as filed in Florida or other jurisdiction where foreign corporations are concerned.
Last/Surname
First
Middle
Suffix
Principal Officer Title/Position
License Number
Email Address
Phone Number
RESPONSIBLE SUPERVISOR
NOTE: Each architectural office maintained for the preparation of drawings, specification, reports, and
other professional work shall have a registered architect within that office with full authority and in
responsible charge, having direct knowledge and supervising control over such work.
See Rule 61G1-
23.010, Florida Administrative Code
for more information regarding the requirements and responsibilities
of a responsible supervisor.
The architect providing responsible supervisory control for the projects of an office location must be a full
time employee within that office location. An architect may only provide responsible supervisory
control over one location.
An architect may qualify several business entities but may only be the architect providing responsible
supervisory control over one business location unless all businesses are at the same physical
address/location.
Is the qualifying architect also the responsible supervisor in control?
Yes
No
If “No,” please provide the information below:
Last/Surname
First
Middle
Suffix
Title/Position
License Number
Email Address
Phone Number
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