Complaints - Architects
Complaint forms may be obtained by calling 410-230-6261 or online.
Complaints may involve unethical conduct, incompetence, unlicensed practice, misrepresentation, plan stamping, or a number of other practice allegations. Monetary disputes or complaints alleging "non-performance" are usually deemed to be contractual matters over which the Board has no jurisdiction. The complaint must contain sufficient factual evidence to indicate a clear violation of the registration law. Accusing another person of a violation of the law is a serious matter; therefore, you should be certain that there is a wrongdoing and not file a complaint just because you feel there may be a violation.
The Board uses a common complaint form which can be obtained from our office or online. It is mandatory that a completed and signed complaint form be submitted, as anonymous complaints are not accepted. An acknowledgment letter will be sent to the complainant with a copy to the respondent.
Complaints are reviewed by a Complaint Committee comprised of two members of the Board. The Complaint Committee may refer a complaint for investigation if more information is needed to make a determination about the complaint. If the Board determines, based on the Complaint Committee's recommendations, that a violation of the law has occurred, a hearing will be scheduled before the Board or an Administrative Law Judge. A final order can be appealed to the Circuit Court. A similar complaint process is in place for complaints related to unlicensed practice.