​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kentucky State Capital in Frankfort, KYThe Kentucky Board of Architects was established by an Act of the Kentucky General Assembly in 1930 to protect the public health, safety and welfare​ by the regulation of architects. It was originally titled the Kentucky Board of Examiners and Registration of Architects. Since July, 2002, the Board has additionally assumed the responsibility for the certification of interior designers in the Commonwealth. The Board is governed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes under Title XXVI, Occupations and Professions, Chapter 323 and is operating under the Executive Branch of State Government.

The Board is a self-supporting agency and receives no general fund tax appropriation. It is funded entirely through fees assessed for regulating its professionals.

Please Note: The Board office is located at the following address:

Kentucky Board of Architects
155 East Main Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40507
Tel: (859) 246-2069​
Fax: (859) 246-2431

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Architect Renewal Information

​Your Kentucky architect license is based on a fiscal year term, running from July 1st through June 30th of each fiscal year. Your current license expires on Friday, June 30, 2024, at 11:59 PM. In order to expedite the renewal process the Kentucky Board provides two means of renewing your license for the upcoming fiscal year term. These methods will apply if you are renewing an active license, voluntarily surrendering (requesting inactive status) your license as per KRS 323.110(2), or requesting or renewing Emeritus Architect status (if you meet the requirements of 201 KAR 19:087, Section 3 (1)(b)).

The first and most efficient renewal method is our on-line renewal process. By using the on-line renewal, you can complete the process within a few minutes, pay by check or credit card and print your own wallet card and receipt, thus insuring you submit your renewal information and fee in a timely and efficient manner. To access and begin the on-line renewal, follow the link below. You will be required to enter your Kentucky license number and the last four digits of your social security number in order to access and complete your renewal.

Online License Renewal

The second method is available primarily for those not having access to a computer and our website. The licensee will be required to send an email to boa.irc@ky.gov to request a Kentucky License Renewal Form be mailed or emailed direct to them for completion and submittal to the Board Office by mail or land carrier along with a check for the applicable fee payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. This method does not permit payment by credit card. This delivery method will by necessity require the most time to get your license renewal to the Board. A wallet card and receipt will be returned to the licensee following processing by Board staff. If you have any questions call (859)246-2069.

Important to Know

In all methods it is the responsibility of each individual licensee to insure that an accurately completed renewal form with the correct fee is received in the Board's office in a timely manner on or before the due date in order to avoid late fees or revocation. The Board assumes no responsibility for deliveries received after the close of business on the due date or that mailed to the wrong address. Renewals received either online or in the Board office on or before June 30th will require only the renewal fee of $125.00. Those renewals received on July 1st and no later than July 31st will be accessed a $25.00 late fee in addition to the renewal fee of $125.00. Those renewals received on or after August 1st and no later than August 31st will be accessed a $50.00 late fee in addition to the renewal fee of $125.00. The licenses of those licensees not renewing or having submitted renewals received on or after August 31st will be automatically revoked administratively.

Additionally, it is the licensee's responsibility to insure that all contact information is current with the Board office. There is an administrative fee of twenty-five (25) dollars for failure to notify the board of change of an address, telephone number, email address or employment within thirty (30) days of the change (ref: 201 KAR 19:085, Section 2(10)).

Due Date Received Total Fees
On or before June 30th$125.00
On July 1st and no later than July 31st$150.00
On August 1st and no later than August 31st$175.00
On August 31st or afterLicense Revocation

Emeritus Architect fees are $50. Similar late fees and due dates apply.​ 

Certified Interior Designers Renewal Information

The FY2023-24 Certified Interior Designers renewal period is now closed. If you did not renew or apply for inactive status by November 30, 2023, your certificate was administratively revoked effective December 1st 2023​. If you are not sure of your status you may contact the board office.
If your certificate has been administratively revoked for failure to renew on a timely basis previously, please note the following:

1. As you are not currently certified in Kentucky this is reminder that in accordance with the Kentucky Revised Statues, specifically KRS 323.402, "No person shall use the title "Certified Interior Designer", the letters CID, or any acronym, abbreviation or title that would imply certification under this chapter unless the person at the time holds a valid certificate to use the title "Certified Interior Designer" in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as established under KRS 323.400 to 323.416 and 323.992.

2. To reinstate your Kentucky Certificate, you must contact the Board office at:
boa.irc@ky.gov​, or by phone at (859)246-2069

Continuing Education Information

Once you’ve earned your Kentucky architect license, you are required to obtain at least twelve (12) CEHs per year; and report these credits as a condition of license renewal per 201 KAR 19:087. Continuing education is post-licensure learning that enables a registered architect to increase or update knowledge of and competence in technical and professional subjects related to the practice of architecture to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

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Joey Nolasc​​o, a practicing Kentucky architect, and board member, encourages his fellow architects to explore the transformative benefits of the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) membership and their CEU workshops. He says, “The organization not only fulfills my HSW continuing education requirements but also serves as a vibrant hub for networking and knowledge exchange”.

Follow the links below to learn more about continuing education offered at the organizations below:

Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) https://caak.org/ceu-events-certification/

Associated Builders and Contractors: https://www.abctrainin-ky.com/ceu-courses

​International Code Council Training Courses

The Kentucky Board of Architects serves the profession by promoting quality continuing education opportunities to architects and CIDs. Building code courses can meet the technical and professional requirements the Board finds appropriate to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The International Code Council (ICC) website offers training courses to comply with annual continuing education requirements. The courses are designed for building and design professionals. They also offer several delivery options to meet your schedule and learning preference: In Person, Online Live, and Online Self-Paced. For more information and to see the courses offered by the ICC please click the link:https://learn.iccsafe.org/ui/ ​ 


It is the licensee and/or certificate holder’s responsibility to insure that all contact information is current with the Board office.  A Change of Address Form is available under our FORMS.


If you have questions, contact us at:

Kentucky Board of Architects
155 East Main Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40507
Tel: (859) 246-2069​
Fax: (859) 246-2431

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm



NCARB Position on Accreditation

Please click on the link below to review NCARB’s position regarding the current debate in the architecture community relative to the role of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the future of architectural accreditation. The debate focuses on potential adjustments to the NAAB’s governance, funding, and procedural models. 

NCARB Position on Accreditation February 2024.pdf

While the Kentucky Board of Architects (BOA) strives to make the information on this website timely, accurate, and educational, the publishing of NCARB’s position on accreditation does not imply endorsement.​

​Code Administrators Association of KY 

Stay up-to-date with the latest news affecting building codes in Kentucky by joining Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK).​ CAAK Logo

For more information, please click here!​

More Information

​​Quarterly Board Meetings

April 16, 2024, Thursday 9:00am - University of Kentucky, College of Design, Gray Building, 349 Scott Street, Lexington, KY ​

​​​For additional information please contact the board office at: boa.irc@ky.gov, or (859) 246-2069



The FY 2025 Architect renewal period is now opened. The FY 2025 Architect annual renewal period will close at midnight on August 30, 2024.​

Renew Now​

Certified Interior Designers

​The Certified Interior Designer renewal period is closed. Online renewing is scheduled to reopen by September 1, 2024, for the next renewal period.


​This office will be closed in accordance with KRS 18A.190, KRS 2.190 and KRS 2.110 for the following dates in 2023 and 2024:​

  • Juneteenth, Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 2
  • Presidential Election Day, Tuesday, November 5
  • Veterans Day, Monday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday & Friday, November 28-29
  • Christmas, Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24, 25
  • New Year's​, Tuesday & Wednesday, December 31, January 1


The most recent Kentucky Board of Architects Newsletter:

KY BOA Newsletter Spring 2024.pdf


To file a formal complaint against an architect or CID, please complete our complaint form. 

Complaint Form.pdf ​

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