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Annual Retention Fee: what you need to know to remain registered

The retention fee collection period for 2024 is now open. 

The annual retention fee for 2024 is £199.  In order to remain on the register your fee must be paid by 31 December 2023.

About the fee

As registered professionals, architects are required by law to 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. This protects the public, as they know you meet UK standards, and this means you can 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:

  • Credit/debit card using the 24hr secure MyARB
  • Direct Debit – This option will be open until 17th November in advance of 4 December payment. You can set up, or make changes to, debit instructions using the 24hr secure MyARB. You can also cancel an existing debit via your own bank).

Please note that these are the only methods of payment in 2023.  We cannot take payment by cash, cheque, BACS bank transfer or postal order. We recommend making your payment in advance of the deadline to ensure continued registration.  Any payments made by these methods will not be credited, and your retention fee will still be due.  You may incur additional fees if you do not pay by Credit/Debit card, or Direct Debit.  If in any doubt, email us at info@arb.org.uk in advance of the payment deadline.

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 MyARB.  Alternatively, you can contact us and let us know what details you’d like to change.