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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 3. Architecture [5500 - 5610.7]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 33. )

ARTICLE 3. Application of Chapter [5535 - 5538]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 33. )


(a) An architect shall use a written contract when contracting to provide professional services to a client pursuant to this chapter. That written contract shall be executed by the architect and the client, or the client’s representative, prior to the architect commencing work, unless the client knowingly states in writing that work may be commenced before the contract is executed. The written contract shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following items:

(1) A description of the project for which the client is seeking services.

(2) A description of the services to be provided by the architect to the client.

(3) A description of any basis of compensation applicable to the contract and the method of payment agreed upon by both parties.

(4) The name, address, and license number of the architect, the name and address of the client, and the project address.

(5) A description of the procedure that the architect and the client will use to accommodate additional services and contract changes, including, but not limited to, changes in the description of the project, in the description of the services, or in the description of the compensation and method of payment.

(6) A description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract.

(7) A statement identifying the ownership and use of instruments of service prepared by the architect.

(8) A statement in at least 12-point type that reads: “Architects are licensed and regulated by the California Architects Board located at 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95834.”

(b) This section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) Professional services rendered by an architect for which the client will not pay compensation.

(2) An arrangement as to the basis for compensation and manner of providing professional services implied by the fact that the architect’s services are of the same general kind which the architect has previously rendered to and received payment from the same client.

(3) If the client knowingly states in writing after full disclosure of this section that a writing which complies with the requirements of this section is not required.

(4) Professional services rendered by an architect to a professional engineer registered to practice engineering under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 6700), or to a land surveyor licensed under Chapter 15 (commencing with Section 8700).

(5) Professional services rendered by an architect to a public agency when using that public agency’s written contract.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 376, Sec. 7. (SB 608) Effective January 1, 2020.)