Landscape Architects Technical Committee

The Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC), under the purview of the California Architects Board, was created by the California Legislature to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by establishing standards for licensure and enforcing the laws and regulations that govern the practice of landscape architecture in California. The LATC is one of the numerous entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals.

Quick Hits

End of the COVID-19 State of Emergency

On October 17, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the State of Emergency, and associated Executive Orders N-39-20 and N-75-20, will end on February 28, 2023. Upon the State of Emergency ending, active waivers that were issued under the authority of the State of Emergency and Executive Orders will also expire.

Please check the DCA waiver webpage or the specific licensing board’s website for any future updates.

Read the Governor’s press release for more detailed information about the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Fingerprint Requirement

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 607 on September 28, 2021. SB 607 requires that all candidates for initial licensure submit fingerprints prior to the issuance of a landscape architect license. Therefore, pursuant to California law (Bus. & Prof. Code § 5650.5), starting on January 1, 2022 all new applicants for licensure by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) are required to submit a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of conducting a federal and state criminal history record check. Fingerprints are compared to the records of the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine if the applicant has a criminal history.

Licensing Resources Guide for Military Members and Their Families

DCA’s Communication Division has developed a new brochure to highlight the benefits available to military members and their families. Learn more at https://www.dca.ca.gov/military/

License Processing Data

LATC license processing data, including average timeframes for processing initial applications and license renewals, is made available in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 139.5 (SB 878, Jones, Chapter 131, Statutes of 2020).
(July—September 2022)

Type Average Processing Time (Days)
Landscape Architect Initial License Application 18
Landscape Architect Renewal License Application (Mailed) 10
Landscape Architect Renewal License Application (Online) 1

How To Get Vaccinated

Learn more about how to get vaccinated by visiting the state’s COVID-19 website. The state’s website has information on vaccination eligibility, how to sign up for an appointment via MyTurn.ca.gov, local health jurisdiction resources, and more. Additionally, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen pharmacies now offer limited appointments for free COVID-19 vaccinations in select areas. Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#How-to-get-vaccinated for more information.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program & Vaccine Appointments: The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program has been activated with select pharmacy partners. California’s current pharmacy partners are CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Albertsons. Pharmacy partners are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in their select store locations. For eligibility and scheduling, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program page.

Expedited Licensure for Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas

Starting January 1, 2021, individuals in the following categories who apply for licensure by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee may seek an expedited licensure process.

  1. Refugees pursuant to section 1157 of title 8 of the United States Code;
  2. Those granted asylum by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to section 1158 of title 8 of the United States Code; or,
  3. Individuals with a special immigrant visa that have been granted a status pursuant to section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, Public Law 109-163, or section 602(b) of title VI of division F of Public Law 111-8.

In order to receive the expedited licensure process, individuals must provide documentation of their refugee, asylee, or special immigrant visa status when submitting their application package. Please note that this does not mean a license must be issued, but simply that the process will be expedited.

Click here for information and documentation examples.

Important Message - Applying for the LARE

Individuals interested in obtaining a license to practice landscape architecture must submit a completed Eligibility Application (PDF, 215K) to the LATC. Eligibility applications and all required documents must be postmarked no later than 45 days before the date of any Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) section they wish to take.

See the chart below for upcoming eligibility deadlines and LARE administration dates:

Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE)

Eligibility Deadline Testing Dates
June 22, 2022 August 6-20, 2022
October 21, 2022 December 5-17, 2022

In addition to passing the LARE, California candidates are required to pass the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) before obtaining licensure. The CSE is a multiple-choice examination of subject areas that are unique to the practice of landscape architecture in California. Once candidates have passed all sections of the LARE they may apply for and take the CSE.

Please visit the Meetings Page for a complete list of meetings.

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