You should now have received your statutory notice for your 2021 annual retention fee. This has been posted to the home or business address we have on the Register and to your email address if you have provided one.
As we are required under Section 8.2 of the Architects Act 1997 to remove from the Register those who do not pay their fee on time we have developed some tips to help you keep on top of your payment.
When is the payment deadline?
The deadline for payment is 31st December, though we advise paying as early as you can as we anticipate higher volumes of activity in December, such as requests for certificates and EU applications, due to the EU transition period ending.
The fee to remain on the Register for 2021 is £119. It has been set at this level to enable us to carry out our regulatory and development functions. Section 8(1) of the Architects Act 1997 requires a single retention fee to be set. It does not allow us to vary the rate for those who are retired, or where their working status has changed.
It is essential to keep your contact details up to date. You can do this online at: registrants.arb.org.uk You can use your identification number and your registration number to log in. The details are on your statutory notice. If you cannot locate them, you can call us, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working from home?
If your registered address is your workplace, your statutory notice will have been sent there. If you are working from home, you should verify with your employer that the notice has arrived. If not, please contact us and we will email a copy to you.
If you have changed employer, you should update your contact details. If you have a Direct Debit in place, please check these details are correct.
If you need to change your Direct Debit details please call us on +44 (0)20 7580 5861 or you can complete this form by 13 November. Please ensure that you save the pdf form once you have input your data.
How to pay
The easiest way to pay is via debit or credit card, via our secure payment portal. There is no additional cost, and your certificate will be despatched immediately.
You can also pay by bank transfer. You need to ensure that you specify your registration number as your reference so we can allocate the payment appropriately. The bank details are:
Bank: NatWest Plc
Account Number: 36172618
Sort Code: 60-09-15
Direct Debit is an easy way of paying for this fee, and future fees. You can fill out the mandate form online here, and send it to us at email@example.com Please note that we need this instruction by 13 November, and the payment will be taken on or around 3 December 2020. If you have an existing Direct Debit, you should advise us if the bank details have changed (especially if your employer pays and you have changed roles in the last year).
We are unable to accept payment by cash or cheque. This is in order to comply with Government advice on contactless payment. As our offices are closed to the public, postal services are disrupted and teams are working from home, we cannot guarantee payments would be processed before the 31 December deadline.
We are contacting practices with more than 25 architects, to support them to ensure the list we hold is accurate, and co-ordinate payment. You should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance with this.
We do not issue purchase orders for the retention fee. Payments must be made by one of the methods above. If this is not possible, architects should pay their fee and claim it directly from their employer.
The Architects Benevolent Society (ABS)
Is a charity that supports past and present architects. They help people of all ages who have experienced illness, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement and other personal difficulties. If you have concerns about paying the retention fee, they can provide a range of support including confidential advice and financial assistance.