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The Architects’ Registration Board will be considering an increase of £6.50 in its annual retention fee at its Board meeting to be held on Wednesday 18 September. This is in line with the increase forecast one year ago and, if approved, would take the total to £105.

The ARB notes that this fee level was proposed to ensure that it could deliver its 2014 business plan and meet the objectives of protecting the users and potential users of architects’ services and supporting architects through regulation.

The 2014 business plan takes account of the forthcoming Periodic Review of the organisation by Government, due to begin in February and likely to last at least a year. Other additional work envisaged includes considering the implications of amendments to the EU Professional Qualifications Directive and further developing the online Register.

The ARB reports that efficiencies continue to be achieved in the areas of utility costs, postage, printing and telecommunications, and states that continued investment in technology will lead to further efficiencies in the medium term. The retention fee proposal yields a ‘break-even’ budget for 2014, with no utilisation of reserves.

Other fee changes being proposed are:

  • a decrease of £10 in the fee payable (excluding the retention fee element) by applicants wishing to rejoin the Register
  • an increase, from £230 to £300, in the fee payable by individuals when an application for a prescribed examination is referred to a lead examiner. This reflects the underlying costs of the process and this fee has not been changed since 2008.

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Further information: Karen Holmes, Deputy Registrar, 020 7580 5861

Notes for Editors 

ARB has prepared a series of frequently asked questions about the retention fee. Click here to read.

ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:

• Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)

• Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)

• Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)

• Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)

• Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)

ARB has a Board of 15 members, which is responsible for delivering the Architects Act in the public interest.  Membership of the Board is composed of seven architects who are elected by the profession, and eight members of the public who are appointed by the Privy Council.

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