About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Business Occupations and Professions
(a)   To qualify for a license, an applicant shall be an individual who meets the requirements of this section.
(b)   An applicant shall be of good character and reputation.
(c)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the applicant shall:
(i)   hold a degree in architecture from:
1.   a school of architecture that is located in the United States and that, within 2 years after the applicant’s graduation, holds accredited status from the National Architectural Accrediting Board; or
2.   a foreign school of architecture that the Board determines is comparable to an accredited school of architecture in the United States; and
(ii)   have practical work experience or additional academic training in architecture that the Board considers appropriate.
(2)   The Board shall exempt an applicant from the degree requirements of paragraph (1)(i) of this subsection if the applicant has practical work experience and academic training in architecture that the Board considers appropriate.
(d)   Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, an applicant shall pass the examination given by the Board under this subtitle.
(e)   In addition to the other requirements of this section, the Board may require an applicant to satisfy any additional licensing requirements that the Board adopts from the licensing guidelines published by the Council.