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The annual retention fee for 2022 is £149.  In order to remain on the register your fee must be paid by 31 December 2021.

About the fee

Architects must pay a fee to be included on the Architects Register, that we as statutory regulator are required to maintain.  Paying the fee to remain on the Architects Register enables you to call yourself an architect and use your regulated status as a market edge over your unregulated competitors.  For more information click the link at the bottom of this page to our dedicated FAQs.

Ways to pay

More information about how to pay can be found in our dedicated FAQs at the bottom of this page.  You can pay your fee by:

  • Direct Debit
  • Credit/debit card using the 24hr secure online portal
  • Bank transfer

Please note that we cannot take payment by cash, cheque, banker’s draft or postal order. We recommend making your payment in advance of the deadline to ensure continued registration

Setting up a direct debit is a quick and simple way to pay your fee and means you no longer have to remember to pay the fee each year as your payment will be made automatically.  To pay by direct debit you can complete this form and return it to us by email, at You need to get your direct debit form to us by Friday 12 November 2021 so that we can set it up in time for the payment to be taken on or around 3 December 2021.

Information you’ll get from us

We are required under the Architects Act to send a hard copy statutory payment notice to all architects at their registered address.  If you have already paid your fee by the date this notice goes out it will show a balance due of £0.00 which means you have nothing further to pay.

We also send reminder emails and text messages to architects who have provided us with email addresses and mobile telephone numbers.

Your contact details

It’s important that we hold up to date details for you so please inform us immediately if your name, address, contact details or account details have changed.  You can update your details quickly and easily yourself through the Registrant Services website.  Alternatively, you can contact us and let us know what details you’d like to change.