(a)(1) Subject to the hearing provisions of § 3-313 of this subtitle, the Board, on the affirmative vote of a majority of its authorized membership, may deny a license to any applicant, reprimand any licensee, or suspend or revoke a license if:
(i) the applicant or licensee fraudulently or deceptively obtains or renews or attempts to obtain or renew a license or permit for the applicant or licensee or for another;
(ii) the applicant or licensee fraudulently or deceptively uses a license;
(iii) the applicant or licensee is guilty of any fraud, gross negligence, incompetence, or misconduct while practicing architecture;
(iv) the applicant or licensee violates any regulation adopted by the Board;
(v) the applicant or licensee violates any provision of this title;
(vi) the applicant or licensee aids or abets an unauthorized person to practice architecture;
(vii) under the laws of the United States or of any state, the applicant or licensee is convicted of:
1. a felony; or
2. a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to practice architecture; or
(viii) the applicant or licensee has had a license to practice architecture in another state revoked or suspended for grounds that would justify revocation or suspension of a license under this title, except for failure to pay a license fee.
(2)(i) Instead of or in addition to reprimanding the licensee or suspending or revoking a license under this subsection, the Board may impose a penalty not exceeding $5,000 for each violation.
(ii) To determine the amount of the penalty imposed under this subsection, the Board shall consider:
1. the seriousness of the violation;
2. the harm caused by the violation;
3. the good faith of the licensee; and
4. any history of previous violations by the licensee.
(3) The Board shall pay any penalty collected under this subsection into the General Fund of the State.
Felony or misdemeanor convictions
(b) The Board shall consider the following facts in the granting, denial, renewal, suspension, or revocation of a license or the reprimand of a licensee when an applicant or licensee is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor described in subsection (a)(1)(vii) of this section:
(1) the nature of the crime;
(2) the relationship of the crime to the activities authorized by the license;
(3) with respect to a felony, the relevance of the conviction to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to practice architecture;
(4) the length of time since the conviction; and
(5) the behavior and activities of the applicant or licensee before and after the conviction.
Added by Acts 1989, c. 3, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1989, c. 632, § 3; Acts 1996, c. 523, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1996; Acts 1998, c. 342, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Acts 1999, c. 25, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, c. 187, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, c. 227, § 2, eff. June 1, 2003; Acts 2005, c. 129, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2005.
Formerly Art. 56, §§ 466, 473.
MD Code, Business Occupations & Professions, § 3-311, MD BUS OCCUP & PROF § 3-311
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.