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2019 Renewal Fee Holiday for RLA’s

In July 2019 the Board of Landscape Architecture approved a full fee holiday for all Registered Landscape Architect licenses for the 2019 renewal. This means Landscape Architects whose licenses are current will not have to pay any fees to renew their licenses this year. Once a licensee’s continuing education credits are completed and reported to the DBPR system the license can be renewed.

Paperless Licensing, effective 08/02/2019

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license landscape architects in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for landscape architects and landscape architect businesses. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.

Fee Changes

On November 27, 2014, Rule 61G10-12.002, Florida Administrative Code, was amended to reduce by 25% the initial licensure and biennial renewal fees for Landscape Architects as well as the biennial renewal fees for Certificates of Authorization.

Once an applicant has passed all of the required examinations a license fee will be due and must be received by the Department before the license can be issued. If an applicant passes all required examinations and sends in a fee between August 30th of an odd year and November 30th of an even year, a fee of $230 is due. If the examinations are passed and the fee is sent between December 1st of an even year and August 29th of an odd year a fee of $117.50 is due. The fee amount is based on the payment postmark date.

The biennial renewal fee for a Certificate of Authorization is $342.50. If the license is renewed after November 30, the delinquent fee is $100 in addition to the renewal fee.

HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012 and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Effective July 1, 2012, in order to reactivate an inactive license, you will need to complete the continuing education requirements in place at the time of the last renewal for your profession. That includes 16 hours of board-approved continuing education that was taken during the last, or current, renewal period. Of the 16 hours two hours in an approved advanced building code course and two hours in laws and rules.