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

New Fees Go Into Effect On January 1, 2024

The LATC must increase license and examination fees for the first time in 14 years due to increased operational costs. New fees will go into effect on January 1, 2024. If your license expires January 1, 2024, or after, you are subject to the new renewal fee of $700. After January 1, 2024, new licenses will be subject to the new original license fee of $700.

The LATC is self-funded by licensing fees and has been diligent to decrease operational and staffing expenses; however, costs imposed that are outside of our control have made it impossible to keep the budget in balance. The main reasons for these fee increases are operational and staffing expenses, including costs related to LATC's business modernization efforts to update IT platforms to make it easier for candidates to apply for an exam and for licensees to apply and renew.

Frequently Asked Questions, New Fees

LATC Transitioning to New Licensing and Enforcement Platform

The LATC is in the process of transitioning to a new licensing and enforcement platform. The first release occurred on May 23, 2023 and included automation of the Eligibility Application, California Supplemental Exam Application, and Initial License Application. The second release will include automation of the Certification of Experience and Reciprocity Applications. Create your LATC Connect account here:

Go paperless, start your application online! Continue to DCA Connect to apply.

Important Message - Applying for the LARE

To apply for California approval to take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), prospective candidates must submit an Eligibility Application and all required documents to the LATC. The Eligibility Application may be filed online using Connect, and must be completed at least 45 days prior to the date of the LARE administration for which the applicant would like to register.

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

Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE)

Eligibility Deadline Testing Dates
Friday, February 16, 2024 April 1 - 17, 2024
Friday, June 14, 2024 July 29 - August 14, 2024
Friday, October 18, 2024 December 2 - 18, 2024

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.

LATC Meeting/Strategic Planning Session

  • Agenda Pending
  • Meeting Packet Pending
  • Handouts Pending
  • Minutes Pending
  • Webcast Pending

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

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