4703.32 Use of titles; unauthorized practice.

(A) No person shall engage in the practice of landscape architecture or use the title of "landscape architect," "professional landscape architect," or "registered landscape architect" or any title, sign, card, or device indicating, or tending to indicate, or represent in any manner that the person is a landscape architect, professional landscape architect, or registered landscape architect, unless the person is registered under sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code.

Any person registered pursuant to sections 4703.30 to 4703.99 of the Revised Code may be designated or known as a landscape architect, professional landscape architect, or registered landscape architect.

No person shall assume a title or use any abbreviation, words, letters, or figures to indicate or imply that the person is a landscape architect, professional landscape architect, or registered landscape architect, unless the person is registered under sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code.

(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, the Ohio landscape architects board may authorize any person to use the title "emeritus landscape architect." An emeritus landscape architect is an individual who has been registered to practice landscape architecture in this state for at least ten years, is fully retired from the practice of landscape architecture, and is at least sixty-five years old. An emeritus landscape architect is exempt from the continuing education and fee requirements of sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code.

(C) Sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code are not intended to restrict or otherwise affect the right of any individual to practice architecture under sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the Revised Code or engineering under sections 4733.01 to 4733.27 of the Revised Code. This division does not exclude a registered architect from the practice of landscape architecture that is incidental to the practice of architecture or exclude a landscape architect from the practice of architecture that is incidental to the practice of landscape architecture.

(D) Sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code do not affect the right of any individual to engage in the occupation of growing or marketing nursery stock or to use the title "nurseryperson," "landscape nurseryperson," "gardener," "landscape gardener," "landscape designer," "general contractor," "landscape contractor," "land developer," "golf course architect," or "golf course designer," provided that no individual shall engage in the practice of landscape architecture or use the title "landscape architect," "professional landscape architect," or "registered landscape architect," unless the person has complied with sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code.

(E) Nothing in sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code prevents a vendor of goods, services, or materials, including nurserypersons, landscape nurserypersons, gardeners, landscape gardeners, landscape designers, general or landscape contractors, land developers, and golf course architects or golf course designers, from providing drawings or graphic diagrams that are necessary for the proper layout of the vendor's goods or materials for public or private land or arranging for the installation of the goods or materials. Nothing in sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code prevents a landscape designer from engaging in, for a fee, the design of spaces utilizing plant materials and ancillary paving and building materials or arranging for the installation of the materials. Nothing in sections 4703.30 to 4703.49 of the Revised Code shall be construed in any manner to prohibit a person from designing or preparing drawings or specifications for any real property owned by that person.

(F) Each landscape architect, upon registration by the Ohio landscape architects board, may obtain a stamp of the design authorized by the board, bearing the name of the registrant, date of registration, number of certificate, and the legend "registered landscape architect," "professional landscape architect," or "landscape architect." All professional documents, including maps, plans, designs, drawings, specifications, estimates, and reports, issued by a registrant may be stamped only while the registrant's certificate is in full force and effect.

Cite as R.C. § 4703.32

History. Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 48, SB 68, §1, eff. 12/19/2013.

Effective Date: 08-06-2002