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Application for entry in the list of architects on the basis of a special award in accordance with § 8 para. 2 NArchtG (genius regulation)


The professional title "architect" may only be used by those who are entered under this respective designation in the list of architects of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony, the corresponding directory in another federal state or the directory of external service providers. The same applies to word combinations with the job titles or similar designations. The relevant regulations can be found in particular in § 1 of the Lower Saxony Architects' Act (NArchtG).

This ensures that only sufficiently qualified designers practise the profession and that they comply with certain rules of the profession in order to protect consumers. However, such protection of the professional title makes it necessary for the Chamber of Architects to require the persons to be registered to provide proof of their qualifications. The qualification can be proven, among other things, by the fact that the applicant has distinguished himself or herself through the quality of his or her achievements in the field of architecture.

With the registration you become a member of the Chamber. In the case of architects, membership is associated with the authorisation to submit building documents in accordance with § 53 para. 3 no. 1 of the Lower Saxony Building Code (NBauO).

Type of employment

Registration in the list of architects takes place depending on your activity in one of the following four types of employment:

  • self-employed
  • active in the construction industry
  • employed
  • civil servant

Process flow

An application for registration must be submitted in writing or online using the form provided. The evidence listed under "required documents" must be attached to the application.

The procedure is essentially regulated in § 12 NArchtG. 

Who should I contact?

Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony

Requirements

Registration requirements

Registration pursuant to § 8 para. 2 NArchtG is possible under the following conditions:

- The applicant has distinguished himself by the quality of his achievements in the field of architecture and has proven this by his own work or a certificate from a competent authority of another Member State of the European Union, another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a state treated as such by agreement.

- Residence, professional establishment or place of work in Lower Saxony

For registration in the employment type "freelance":

- Proof of sufficient professional liability insurance

Which documents are required?

The application must be accompanied by documents in the following areas:

  • Submission of his own work in the field of architecture
  • own publications in the field of architecture
  • For applicants from the EU, the EEA or equivalent countries: if applicable, certificate of special award abroad
  • Proof of education (if available)
  • Foreign applicants: Copy of identity card or passport as proof of citizenship
  • Type of employment
  • For freelance applicants:

Proof of professional liability insurance

In detail, these are the following documents and proofs:

All documents in non-German must be accompanied by a translation, which must be confirmed by a publicly appointed and sworn translator.

• Submission of your own work

For the objects named in the application, self-prepared planning documents must be submitted, from which it follows that the applicant has distinguished himself particularly through the quality of his services in the field of architecture.

• Publications of the applicant in the field of architecture

• For applicants from a member state of the EU or another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a state treated as such by agreement:

If applicable, certificate from the competent authority of the country of origin on the special award in the field of architecture in accordance with Art. 48 para. 2 of Directive 2005/36/EC (Professional Recognition Directive)

• Proof of education (if available)

• Foreign applicants:

Copy of identity card or passport as proof of citizenship

Type of employment

  • The type of freelance employment must be proven by a certificate from the tax advisor, the tax office or the office partner(s).
  • The type of employment is proven by a certificate from the employer. Unemployed applicants must present a certificate from the Employment Agency and, if applicable, a copy of the approval notice.
  • Civil servant applicants submit a copy of their certificate of appointment and a current certificate from the employer about the nature of the activity.
  • Applicants active in the construction industry must submit a business registration or an excerpt from the commercial register with a list of shareholders.

For freelance applicants

Proof of continuous professional liability insurance

Hint:

Registration requires that the applicant has a residence or a professional establishment in Lower Saxony or practices the profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony (§ 5 para. 1 no. 1 NArchtG).

What are the fees?

Registration fee: 285.00 EUR

If you do not use the fully electronic application procedure including the online payment function, please attach a receipt, e.g. printout of the transfer in online banking about the payment, with your registration application. The bank details are:

Nord/LB Hannover: BIC NOLADE2HXXX - IBAN: DE55 2505 0000 0101 4747 81

Commerzbank Hannover: BIC COBADEFFXXX - IBAN: DE97 2504 0066 0338 8345

The following payment methods are possible online:

  • Credit card

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Asa rule, 4 – 8 weeks; maximum 3 months, in exceptional cases up to 4 months (cf. § 12 NArchtG)

Appeal

Possibility of bringing an action before the Administrative Court of Hanover

What else should I know?

Technically approved by

Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)