(225 ILCS 325/23)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5223)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2030)
Professional design firm registration.
(a) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the formation, under the
provisions of the Professional Service Corporation Act, of a
corporation to practice professional engineering.
Any business, including a Professional Service Corporation, that includes within its stated purposes or practices, or holds
itself out as available to practice, professional engineering shall be
registered with the Department pursuant to the provisions set forth in
Any sole proprietorship not owned and operated by an Illinois licensed
design professional licensed under this Act shall be prohibited from offering
professional engineering services to the public.
Any sole proprietorship owned and operated by a professional engineer with an
active license issued under this Act and conducting or transacting such
business under an assumed name in accordance with the provisions of the Assumed
Business Name Act shall comply with the registration requirements of a
professional design firm.
Any sole proprietorship owned
and operated by a professional engineer with an active license issued under
this Act and conducting or transacting such business under the real name of
the sole proprietor is exempt from the registration requirements of a
firm. "Illinois licensed design professional" means a person who holds an
active license as a professional engineer under this Act, as an architect
under the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, or as a structural
engineer under the Structural Engineering Practice Act of
(b) Any professional design firm seeking to be registered pursuant to
the provisions of this Section shall not be registered unless one or more
managing agents in charge of professional engineering activities in this
State are designated by the professional design firm. Each managing
agent must at all times maintain a valid, active license to practice
professional engineering in Illinois.
No individual whose license to practice professional engineering in
this State is currently in a suspended or revoked status shall act as a
managing agent for a professional design firm.
(c) Any business seeking to be registered under this
Section shall make application on a form provided by the Department and
shall provide such information as requested by the Department, which
shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) the name and license number of the person
It is the responsibility of the professional design firm to
provide the Department notice, in writing, of any changes in the
information requested on the application.
(d) The Department shall issue to each business a certificate of
registration to practice professional engineering or offer the services of its
licensees in this State upon submittal of a proper application for registration
and payment of fees. The expiration date and renewal period for each
registration and renewal procedures shall be established by rule.
(e) In the event a managing agent is terminated or terminates his or her
managing agent of the professional design firm, the managing agent and
the professional design firm shall notify the Department of this fact in writing,
by regular mail or email, within 10 business days of such termination. Thereafter, the
professional design firm, if it has so informed the Department, shall have 30
days in which to notify the Department of the name and license number of a
newly designated managing agent. If a corporation, the corporation shall also
submit a certified copy of a resolution by the board of directors designating
the new managing agent. If a limited liability company, the company shall also
submit a certified copy of either its articles of organization or operating
agreement designating the new managing agent. The Department may, upon good
cause shown, extend the original 30-day period.
If the professional design firm has not notified the Department in writing,
by regular mail or email within the specified time, the registration shall be
terminated without prior hearing. Notification of termination shall be sent by regular
mail or email to the last known address of the business. If the professional
design firm continues to operate and offer professional engineering services
after the termination, the Department may seek prosecution under Sections 21 and 24 for the unlicensed practice of professional
(f) No professional design firm shall be relieved of responsibility for the
conduct or acts of its agent, employees, members, managers, or officers by
reason of its compliance with this Section, nor shall any individual practicing
professional engineering be relieved of the responsibility for professional
services performed by reason of the individual's employment or relationship
with a professional design firm registered under this Section.
(g) Disciplinary action against a professional design firm registered
under this Section shall be administered in the same manner and on the
same grounds as disciplinary action against a licensed professional
engineer. All disciplinary action taken or pending against a corporation or
partnership before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 shall be
continued or remain in effect without the Department filing separate actions.
(Source: P.A. 101-310, eff. 8-9-19.)