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Consultation on the ARB General Rules (2020-01)


Opening date: 20 November 2020

Closing date: 4pm on 18 December 2020


The Architects Registration Board was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK.  We are an independent public interest body, and our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

Background to consultation

The Architects Registration Board has agreed to hold a consultation exercise following its proposals to amend the Board’s General Rules.  The consultation will comply with ARB’s Code of Practice for consultations which can be found via menu to the right.

Purpose of consultation

Under Section 23(1) of the Architects Act 1997, the Board may make rules generally for carrying out or facilitating the purposes of this Act.  The Board has established a set of General Rules for this purpose.

A revised version of the Architects Act 1997 has been prepared in the event the Implementation Period ceases without the UK and the EU having reached an agreement.

In the event this legislation does become effective from 1 January 2021, some minor adjustments to ARB’s General Rules will be required so that they continue to align with the revised Architects Act.  The adjustments solely relate to the revised version of the Act. No other changes are being proposed.

The proposed amendments are outlined at Annex A, as linked to below.


Consultation Documents

Please use the links below to access the consultation documents.

Track changed version of ARB’s General Rules (PDF)
Consultation response form (Word)
Equality and Diversity monitoring form (PDF)