Alaska Statutes.
Title 8. Business and Professions
Chapter 48. Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
Section 241. Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Liability Partnerships.
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AS 08.48.241. Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Liability Partnerships.

(a) This chapter does not prevent a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership from offering architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural services; however, the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership shall file with the board

(1) an application for a certificate of authorization upon a form to be prescribed by the board and containing information required to enable the board to determine whether the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership is qualified in accordance with the provisions of this chapter to offer to practice architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture in this state;

(2) a certified copy of a resolution of the board of directors of the corporation, the managing members or manager of the limited liability company, or the general partners of a limited liability partnership designating persons holding certificates of registration under this chapter as responsible for the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture by the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership in this state and providing that full authority to make all final architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural decisions on behalf of the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership with respect to work performed by the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership in this state is granted by the board of directors of the corporation, the managing members or manager of the limited liability company, or the general partners of the limited liability partnership to the persons designated in the resolution; however, the filing of this resolution does not relieve the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership of any responsibility or liability imposed upon it by law or by contract;

(3) a designation in writing setting out the name of one or more persons holding certificates of registration under this chapter who are in responsible charge of each major branch of the architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural activities in which the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership specializes in this state; if a change is made in the person in responsible charge of a major branch of the architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural activities, the change shall be designated in writing and filed with the board within 30 days after the effective date of the change.

(b) Upon filing with the board the application for certificate of authorization, certified copy of resolution, affidavit, and designation of persons specified in this section, the board shall, subject to (c) of this section, issue to the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership a certificate of authorization to practice architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture in this state upon a determination by the board that

(1) the bylaws of the corporation, the articles of organization or operating agreement of the limited liability company, or the partnership agreement of the limited liability partnership contain provisions that all architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural decisions pertaining to architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural activities in this state will be made by the specified architect, engineer, land surveyor, or landscape architect in responsible charge, or other registered architects, engineers, land surveyors, or landscape architects under the direction or supervision of the architect, engineer, land surveyor, or landscape architect in responsible charge;

(2) the application for certificate of authorization states the type of architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture practiced or to be practiced by the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership;

(3) the applicant corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership has the ability to provide architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural services;

(4) the application for certificate of authorization states the professional records of the designated person who is in responsible charge of each major branch of architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural activities in which the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership specializes;

(5) the application for certificate of authorization states the experience, if any, of the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership in furnishing architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural services during the preceding five-year period;

(6) the applicant corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership meets other requirements related to professional competence in the furnishing of architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural services as may be adopted by the board in furtherance of the objectives and provisions of this chapter.

(c) The board may, in the exercise of its discretion, refuse to issue, or may suspend or revoke a certificate of authorization to a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership if the board finds that any of the corporation's officers, directors, or incorporators, any of the stockholders holding a majority of the stock of the corporation, any of the limited liability company's organizers, managers, or managing members, or any of the limited liability partnership's general partners has committed misconduct or malpractice, or has been found personally responsible for misconduct or malpractice under the provisions of this chapter.

(d) The certificate of authorization must specify the major branches of architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture of which the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership has designated a person in responsible charge as provided in this section. The certificate of authorization shall be conspicuously displayed in the place of business of the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership, together with the names of persons designated as being in responsible charge of the professional activities.

(e) If a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership that is organized solely by either a group of architects, a group of engineers, a group of land surveyors, or a group of landscape architects, each holding a certificate of registration under this chapter, applies for a certificate of authorization, the board may, in its discretion, grant a certificate of authorization to the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership based on a review of the professional records of the incorporators of the corporation, organizers of the limited liability company, or partners who formed the limited liability partnership in place of the required qualifications set out in this section. If the ownership of the corporation is altered, the membership of the limited liability company is altered, or the partners of the limited liability partnership change, the corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership shall apply for a revised certificate of authorization, based upon the professional records of the owners of the corporation, the members of the limited liability company, or the partners of the limited liability partnership, if exclusively architects, engineers, land surveyors, or landscape architects, or otherwise under the qualifications required by (b)(1) - (4) of this section.

(f) A corporation, limited liability company, or a limited liability partnership authorized to offer architectural, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architectural services under this chapter, together with its directors, officers, managing members, manager, and partners for their own individual acts, is responsible to the same degree as the designated individual registered architect, engineer, land surveyor, or landscape architect, and shall conduct its business without misconduct or malpractice in the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture as defined in this chapter.

(g) If the board, after a proper hearing, finds that a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership holding a certificate of authorization has committed misconduct or malpractice, the board shall suspend or revoke the certificate of authorization. The board shall also suspend or revoke the certificate of registration of any registered individual architect, engineer, land surveyor, or landscape architect who, after a proper hearing, is found by the board to have participated in committing the misconduct or malpractice.

(h) Drawings, specifications, designs, and reports, when issued in connection with work performed by a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership under its certificate of authorization, shall be prepared by or under the responsible charge of and shall be signed by and stamped with the official seal of a person holding a certificate of registration under this chapter.

(i) [Repealed, Sec. 54 ch 37 SLA 1985].

(j) In this section,

(1) "manager" has the meaning given in AS 10.50.990 ;

(2) "managing member" has the meaning given in AS 10.50.990 .

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