Registration – the facts
We have put together some facts about registration and the responsibility it brings.
Every architect is responsible for ensuring that their annual retention fee is paid in good time.
Architects whose fees remain unpaid after 31 January will be automatically removed from the Register.
Invoices will normally be sent out to all architects at least 60 days before the fee becomes due.
The retention fee is due on 1 January. The fee covers ARB registration for one year; it is not a membership fee or a subscription. Table of current fees here.
Annual registration expires on 31 December, not on the date individuals were first registered.
Direct Debit payments are collected during December.
- There is no reduced retention fee for retired architects, architects currently not working, students or architects working abroad. If they have ceased to practise, they have the option of resigning from the Register. In such cases, they can still call themselves "architect" socially. More information is available here.
- Every architect is responsible for informing ARB promptly of any changes to their registered business address to avoid important correspondence going astray
- In extreme circumstances, the Act states that the Registrar may remove an architect's name from the Register if they fail to respond to specific written requests to report a change of address
- The Architects Act 1997 states that: "The Register shall show the regular business address of each registered person." This is the address at which they can be reached during normal business hours and is the only address we may communicate with. This will normally be a company address, but in certain circumstances (retirement, unemployment, undertaking temporary work, based permanently from home), a residential address may be used
- Architects are registered as individuals, and therefore any information regarding amendments to their registration details must come from them alone
- We cannot accept such notification from third parties, eg. family members, colleagues and/or professional bodies
- Architects can report changes to us by post, fax, email or through the ARB website, but not by telephone. You can update your details online here
- All changes of name must be reported in writing, accompanied by a photocopy of the relevant official document (marriage certificate, deed poll certificate, etc)
- Architects who voluntarily resign and subsequently wish to pro rata retention within two years must complete a readmission form and pay an application fee, along with a pro rata retention fee. It will therefore depend on the time of year when you rejoin the Register as to what level of retention fee you will pay.
- Architects who voluntarily resign and subsequently wish to return to the Register more than two years later must complete a readmission form. You will also have to pay an application fee and a pro rata retention fee. The level of retention fee that you pay will depend on the time of year you rejoin the Register. In addition to paying these fees, you will also need to submit additional information (CV, references, evidence of CPD) in support of your application, to demonstrate your competence to practise.
- Architects who are removed for non-payment and subsequently wish to return to the Register within two years must complete a reinstatement form. You will also need to pay an application fee and a penalty fee, as well as a pro rata retention fee. The level of retention fee you pay will depend upon the time of year that you rejoin the Register.
- Architects who are removed for non-payment and subsequently wish to return to the Register more than two years later must complete a reinstatement form. You will need to pay an application fee and a penalty fee, as well as a pro rata retention fee. The level of retention fee you pay will depend on the time of year you rejoin the Register. In addition to paying these fees, you will also need to submit additional information (CV, references, evidence of CPD) in support of your application, to demonstrate your competence to practise.
- Standard 8 of the Architects Code: Standards of Conduct and Practice states that architects should not undertake professional work without adequate and appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover.
- This PII may be their own or their employer's cover, or a combination of both, depending on their professional circumstances
- Architects should arrange their own PII cover or ensure that their employer has PII in place
- The minimum level of indemnity cover expected by the Board is £250,000
- ARB does not recommend insurance providers, although a list of those who are active in the market appears on our website
- Anyone who is seeking registration, readmission or reinstatement must complete the PII statement of compliance which is included in the application form
- Details of the actual PII cover, eg. the policy itself, are not usually required
- ARB is a statutory regulator set up by an Act of Parliament in 1997 to maintain a public Register of architects, to issue a code of conduct and practice for architects, and to prescribe qualifications for entry on to the Register
- ARB is not a membership body like the RIBA or the RIAS
- ARCUK ceased to exist when the ARB came into being
- The title "architect" is protected by law - appropriately qualified individuals who wish to use the title in business or practice must be registered with ARB
- ARB registration allows architects to use ARB’s logo on their business stationery and website. You can download a copy here.
- All architects are bound by the regulations laid down in the Architects Act 1997 and the Architects Code: Standards of Conduct and Practice. Copies are available on request, or on the website
- Anyone who attempts to pass themselves off as an architect without being registered commits a criminal offence. We can prosecute these people in the courts
- The above applies mainly to unscrupulous individuals who deliberately set out to deceive the public, although those who continue to practise, having knowingly or unknowingly been removed from the Register for whatever reason, commit the same offence.
- Architects may, at any time, request that their name be removed from the Register if they are not using the title in business or practice, or do not intend to do so on a short-term, long-term or permanent basis. These requests must be made in writing, by email, or online.
- Architects who fail to pay their annual retention fee by the due date without an explanation will be removed from the Register.