A public service company and its regular employees acting in its behalf where the professional engineering services rendered are in connection with its facilities which are subject to regulation, supervision and control by a commission of this state or of the federal government.
Any person who practices architecture or professional engineering, exclusively as a regular employee of a private company or corporation, by rendering to the company or corporation architectural or professional engineering services in connection with its operations, so long as the person is thus actually and exclusively employed and no longer, if the company or corporation has at least one architect or professional engineer who is registered under this chapter in responsible charge of the company's or corporation's architectural or professional engineering work in this state.
A person engaged in the manufacture of a product or unit, including laboratory research affiliates of the person, where the services performed are the design, assembly, manufacture, sale or installation of that product or unit. "Product or unit" does not include any building.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, contractors, subcontractors or construction material or equipment suppliers are not required to register under this chapter to perform or undertake those activities which historically and customarily have been performed by them in their respective trades and specialties, including, but not limited to, the preparation and use of drawings, specifications or layouts within a construction firm or in construction operations, superintending of construction, installation and alteration of equipment, cost estimating, consultation with architects, professional engineers or owners concerning materials, equipment, methods and techniques, and investigations or consultation with respect to construction sites, provided all such activities are performed solely with respect to the performance of their work on buildings or with respect to supplies or materials furnished by them for buildings or structures or their appurtenances which are, or which are to be, erected, enlarged or materially altered in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by architects or professional engineers, or by persons exempt under subs. (1)
while practicing within the scope of their exemption.
This chapter does not require manufacturers or their material or equipment suppliers to register under this chapter in order to enable them to perform engineering in the design, assembly, manufacture, sale or installation of their respective products.
The following persons doing surveying work are exempt from the provisions of this chapter:
An employee of a land surveyor registered in this state or authorized to practice under a permit, while working under the supervision of the employer. Such exempt employee shall not be in responsible charge of land surveying.
Officers and employees of the federal government while engaged in land surveying for the federal government.
Employees of this state while engaged in land surveying for the state.
Employees of public utilities regulated by the public service commission in land surveying for such utilities.
A license shall not be required for an owner to survey his or her own land for purposes other than for sale.
Any person employed by a county or this state who is engaged in the planning, design, installation or regulation of land and water conservation activities under ch. 92
or s. 281.65
and who is certified under s. 92.18
Any land surveyor registered under s. 443.06
who is engaged in the planning, design, installation or regulation of land and water conservation activities under ch. 92
or s. 281.65
Effective date note
Sub. (12m) is amended eff. 6-1-08 by 2005 Wis. Act 360
Effective date text
(12m) A well driller who is licensed under s. 280.15 (2m), or an employee of a well drilling business that is registered under s. 280.15 (1), who is engaged in well drilling, as defined in s. 280.01 (8).
A professional engineer who, while engaged in the practice of professional engineering in accordance with this chapter, collects, investigates, interprets or evaluates data relating to soil, rock, groundwater, surface water, gases or other earth conditions, or uses that data for analysis, consultation, planning, design or construction.
A person who, while engaged in the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science as defined in s. 470.01 (2)
, practices professional engineering, if the acts that involve the practice of professional engineering are also part of the practice of professional geology, hydrology or soil science.
Exempt buildings. 443.15(1)(1)
Nothing in this chapter prevents any person from advertising and performing services, including consultation, investigation, evaluation, in connection with and making plans and specifications for, or supervising the erection, enlargement or alterations of any of the following buildings:
Dwellings for single families, and outbuildings in connection with single-family dwellings, including, but not limited to, barns and private garages.
Apartment buildings used exclusively as the residence of not more than 2 families.
Buildings used exclusively for agricultural purposes.
Temporary buildings or sheds used exclusively for construction purposes, not exceeding 2 stories in height, and not used for living quarters.
Nothing in this chapter prevents any person, firm or corporation from making plans and specifications for or supervising the erection, enlargement or alteration of any new building containing less than 50,000 cubic feet total volume or addition to a building which by reason of such addition results in a building containing less than 50,000 cubic feet total volume or structural alteration to a building containing less than 50,000 cubic feet total volume. Nothing in this chapter prevents any person, firm or corporation from making repairs or interior alterations to buildings which do not affect health or safety.
Any multiple family building having a common roof and party walls shall be deemed a single building for purposes of this section.
This section does not apply to inspection and service work done by employees of insurance rating bureaus, insurance service bureaus, insurance companies or insurance agents.
History: 1979 c. 167
Change of name.
No person may practice architecture or professional engineering in this state, and no person who is registered as a landscape architect under this chapter may practice landscape architecture in this state, under any other given name or any other surname than that under which the person was originally licensed or registered to practice in this or any other state, in any instance in which the examining board, after a hearing, finds that practicing under the changed name operates to unfairly compete with another practitioner or to mislead the public as to identity or to otherwise result in detriment to the profession or the public. This section does not apply to a change of name resulting from marriage or divorce.
Seal or stamp; aiding unauthorized practice.
No person who is registered under this chapter to practice architecture, landscape architecture or professional engineering may impress his or her seal or stamp upon documents which have not been prepared by the person or under his or her direction and control, knowingly permit his or her seal or stamp to be used by any other person or in any other manner knowingly aid or abet the unauthorized practice of architecture or professional engineering or the unauthorized use of the title "landscape architect" by persons not authorized under this chapter.
Penalties; law enforcement. 443.18(1)
Unauthorized practice; penalty. 443.18(1)(a)(a)
Any person who practices or offers to practice architecture or professional engineering in this state, or who uses the term "architect" or "professional engineer" as part of the person's business name or title, except as provided in s. 443.08 (6)
, or in any way represents himself or herself as an architect or a professional engineer unless the person is registered or exempted in accordance with this chapter, or unless the person is the holder of an unexpired permit issued under s. 443.10 (1) (d)
, or any individual who uses the title "landscape architect" in this state unless the person is registered or exempted in accordance with this chapter, or any person presenting or attempting to use as his or her own the certificate of registration of another, or any person who gives any false or forged evidence of any kind to the examining board or to any member of the examining board in obtaining a certificate of registration, or any person who falsely impersonates any other registrant of like or different name, or any person who attempts to use an expired or revoked certificate of registration, or violates any of the provisions of this section, may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 3 months or both.
All duly constituted officers of the law of this state or any political subdivision shall enforce this chapter and prosecute any persons violating this chapter.
If it appears upon complaint to the examining board by any person, or is known to the examining board that any person who is neither registered nor exempt under this chapter nor the holder of an unexpired permit under s. 443.10 (1) (d)
is practicing or offering to practice, or is about to practice or to offer to practice, architecture or professional engineering in this state, or is using the title "landscape architect" in this state, the examining board or the attorney general or the district attorney of the proper county may investigate and may, in addition to any other remedies, bring action in the name and on behalf of this state against any such person to enjoin the person from practicing or offering to practice architecture or professional engineering or from using the title "landscape architect".
If it appears upon complaint or is known to the section that any person who is not authorized is practicing or offering to practice land surveying in this state, the section, the department of justice or the district attorney of the proper county may, in addition to other remedies, bring action in the name and on behalf of the state to enjoin the person from practicing or offering to practice land surveying.
(3) Penalties; law enforcement.
Any person who violates this chapter shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 3 months or both.