NSBAIDRD ~ Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design
Firm Registration and Firm Name Approval  |
 
Nevada architects, registered interior designers and residential designers may form business organizations with persons who are not design professionals, as well as with persons not registered in the state. These businesses can be formed if at least two-thirds of the ownership is held by Nevada registrants licensed pursuant to NRS 623, NRS 623a (landscape architects) or NRS 625 (professional engineers). Businesses engaging in the practice of architecture, registered interior design or residential design, that are not wholly owned by Nevada registrants, must register with the board.

All business entities using corporate or fictitious names, and providing architectural, registered interior design or residential design services in Nevada, must have their firm names approved by the NSBAIDRD. Businesses applying for firm registration are automatically also applying for firm name approval and do not need to submit an additional application.

Businesses not owned by persons registered under NRS 623 are not required to register their firms with the NSBAIDRD. Registrants and licensees from other design professional boards should contact their respective board for any firm registration requirements.

Additionally, all firms must comply with Nevada business laws. For information on setting up your business in the state, please contact the Nevada Secretary of State at (775) 684-5708.
 

Apply for firm name registration if:
  1. The partnership, corporation, company, etc. is owned partially by Nevada registered architects, interior designers, residential designers, professional engineers and/or landscape architects (IMPORTANT: Nevada registrants must own two-thirds – 66.67 percent – of the business entity.); AND
  2. The partnership, corporation, company, etc. is providing architectural, registered interior design or residential design services.
 

Apply for firm name approval if:
  1. The partnership, corporation, company, etc. is owned 100 percent by Nevada registered architects, interior designers, residential designers, professional engineers and/or landscape architects; AND
  2. The partnership, corporation, company, etc. is providing architectural, registered interior design or residential design services; AND
  3. The partnership, corporation, company, etc. is doing business under a fictitious name.
 

You do not need to apply for firm name approval or registration if:
  1. The business is a sole proprietorship and is owned 100 percent by a Nevada registrant licensed pursuant to NRS 623; AND

  2. The registrant is doing business under his/her real name (i.e. John Doe, Architect).
 

Fees  |
 
Application Processing for Firm Name Registration $300
Application Processing for Firm Name Approval $ 25
Certificate of Registration (firm name registration only) $125
 

Forms  |
 
Firm Registration Application

Firm Name Approval Application