Advocacy

Licensure in DC is finally available!

In April 2017 we announced that after several years of our Potomac Chapter’s efforts, licensure for landscape architects in DC had become law.  And then we spent another three years, first providing input into the final regulations and then waiting for DCRA to fix the problems they had with the online portal.

And now you can finally apply for your landscape architecture license in DC!

Special thanks to Marsha Lea, FASLA and Robert Alter, ASLA who have served as our Advocacy Chairs during this time and have spent many hours spearheading our Chapter’s efforts.  Bob has been attending the meetings of the District’s Board of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design (BAID) for more than two years to keep us apprised and to keep landscape architecture in front of the BAID.

The DCRA licensing system for landscape architects and professional design firms has been turned on for accepting applications for these license types.  Click here to apply.  (If for some reason, the embedded link doesn’t work, open Licensing Services at https://dcra.dc.gov/architects.)  The customer service line is available at 1-877-687-8878.  They are all operating remotely during COVID-19, so bear with them if it takes them time to respond to you.

DCRA has revamped their online customer service to ensure that you get the help you need within three business days. To contact them electronically, fill out their on-demand customer intake form.

We look forward to recognizing new DC licensees and celebrating licensure in the District!

 


Threat to Licensure in Virginia

Potomac ASLA has joined with the Virginia Chapter to voice support for continued licensure of landscape architects.

The Board of Professional and Occupation Regulations (BPOR) has cancelled its public hearings, due to COVID-19.  The study was due to be completed in December 2020.  If hearings are rescheduled in our area, we will let you know.

Background information: JLARC info.

 


Procedures for Identifying and Acting on Other Issues

The Chapter has adopted ASLA’s Advocacy Checklist and will follow it when other issues are brought to the Chapter’s attention.  You can review the document here: Chapter Checklist for State Federal Issues

Now that DC licensure is finally a reality, our Chapter is committed to tackling the sales tax currently levied on landscape architectural services. So there are new opportunities to get involved.  Please let the Chapter know if you are interested by emailing us at advocacy@potomacasla.org.