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ARB was established by an Act of Parliament, the Architects Act 1997.  This piece of legislation provides the framework for all of our statutory duties and responsibilities and the activities needed to support them.  As well as UK legislation, we are, like many other organisations, subject to certain legislation issued by the European Parliament from time to time.

This section of the site allows you to refer to the legislation under which we operate, and the legislation we are by law required to comply with.

Use the links on the left to access the different pieces of legislation that affect ARB.

Statutory Instruments

Statutory Instruments, also known as SIs, are a form of legislation which allow the provisions of an Act of Parliament to be subsequently brought into force or altered without Parliament having to pass a new Act. They are also referred to as secondary, delegated or subordinate legislation.  Statutory instruments can also be used to amend, update or enforce existing primary legislation.

Various Statutory Instruments have come into force in relation to ARB’s legislation.  These have been consolidated into the unofficial version of the Act linked to below.

The consolidated Architects Act 1997 has subsequently been modified by The Architects Act 1997 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The 1997 base Act should be read in conjunction with the 2019 Regulations to determine its effects.