The deadline for the 2021 Annual Renewal of Registration is February 1, 2021. Thank you to all architects, associates, temporary licensees, and firms who have already paid their fees. To date, we have received payments from nearly 40% of registrants.
Please note that registrants whose payments are not received on or before February 1, 2021 by 5 p.m. (or by midnight for online payments) will no longer be in good standing with the AIBC. In-person payments will not be accepted as the AIBC offices are closed to registrants and the public given to the COVID-19 pandemic. After February 1, the cost of annual renewal increases by 25%.
Invoices for the 2021 Annual Renewal of Registration were sent to registered architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, retired architects, firms and temporary licensees during the last week of November by email. Invoices can also be viewed and paid online by logging into your account through the AIBC website. When logging in to make a payment, please keep in mind that individual login IDs are different than your firm login ID.
Updated Professional Liability Insurance Certificate
All Certificate of Practice holders must submit an updated copy of their Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) certificate (Certificate of Insurance) for the upcoming year to the AIBC by February 1, 2021. If a firm holding a Certificate of Practice fails to provide a copy of its current Certificate of Insurance, they will be deemed non-compliant with the PLI requirements under Bylaw 16.1.1 and Council Rules 8: Terms and Conditions for Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance. Non-compliant firms will be subject to a fine equal to 50% of the amount of firm’s annual fee for 2021. A copy of the Certificate of Insurance with the updated coverage information, as well as payment of the annual fees, will be required in order to renew the firm’s Certificate of Practice.
Bulletin 3: Waiver or Reduction of Annual Renewal Fee
Those who wish to apply for a waiver or reduction of their annual fees due to financial hardship, family leave, or medical disability, please review Bulletin 3: Waiver or Reduction of Annual Renewal Fee (PDF) for eligibility criteria. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021, with the waiver application form included within the bulletin.
Waiver eligibility has been expanded to include the initial annual fee for Intern Architects AIBC who have completed their Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) requirements and are now applying for registration as architects in B.C. The amendments also extended eligibility to annual firm fees for architects who are the sole owners of a corporation that holds a Certificate of Practice. The requirement for a pro-rated waiver has also been removed, decreasing administrative steps for registrants.
The AIBC publishes several bulletins which are available on our website that provide useful information related to the renewal of registration and annual fees, including:
- Bulletin 1: 2021 Fees Fines and Charges
- Bulletin 2: Reinstatement of Registration (PDF)
- Bulletin 5: Resignation of Registration (PDF)
Have a Question about the Annual Renewal?
For questions relating to the Annual Renewal or registration, including resigning or reinstating, we encourage you to visit our Annual Renewal Frequently Asked Questions section on the website, or email email@example.com.