443.01   Definitions.
443.015   Examining board to establish continuing education requirements; promulgate rules.
443.02   Practice requirements and registration: general provisions.
443.03   Registration requirements for architects.
443.035   Registration requirements for landscape architects.
443.04   Registration requirements for professional engineers.
443.05   Certification of engineers-in-training.
443.06   Licensure requirements for professional land surveyors.
443.07   Permit requirements: designers of engineering systems.
443.075   Registration requirements for interior designers.
443.08   Registration requirement: firms, partnerships and corporations.
443.09   Examinations and experience requirements for architect, landscape architect and engineer applicants.
443.10   Applications, certificates, licenses, rules, and roster.
443.11   Disciplinary proceedings against architects, landscape architects, engineers, and registered interior designers.
443.12   Disciplinary proceedings against professional land surveyors.
443.13   Disciplinary proceedings against designers of engineering systems.
443.134   Exception for photogrammetry and construction surveying.
443.14   Exempt persons.
443.15   Exempt buildings.
443.16   Change of name.
443.17   Seal or stamp; aiding unauthorized practice.
443.175   Submission of documents; interior designers.
443.18   Penalties; law enforcement.
Ch. 443 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See definitions in s. 440.01.
443.01 443.01 Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context provides otherwise:
443.01(1) (1)“Architect" means a person who is legally qualified to practice architecture.
443.01(1m) (1m)“Construction surveying" means surveying or mapping that is performed in support of infrastructure design, in support of improvements related to private and public boundary lines, or in support of construction layout or historic preservation, and establishing any postconstruction documentation related to that surveying or mapping.
443.01(2) (2)“Engineer-in-training" means a person who is a graduate in an engineering curriculum of 4 years or more from a school or college approved by the professional engineer section of the examining board as of satisfactory standing, or a person who has had 4 years or more of experience in engineering work of a character satisfactory to the professional engineer section; and who, in addition, has successfully passed the examination in the fundamental engineering subjects prior to the completion of the requisite years in engineering work, as provided in s. 443.05, and who has been granted a certificate of record by the professional engineer section stating that the person has successfully passed this portion of the professional examinations.
443.01(3) (3)“Examining board" means the examining board of architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, designers, professional land surveyors, and registered interior designers.
443.01(3b) (3b)“Geodetic surveying" means surveying to determine the size and shape of the earth or the precise positions of points on the surface of the earth.
443.01(3c) (3c)“Interior alteration or interior construction project” means a project for an interior space or area within a proposed or existing building or structure, including construction, modification, renovation, rehabilitation, or historic preservation, that involves changing or altering any of the following:
443.01(3c)(a) (a) The design function or layout of rooms.
443.01(3c)(b) (b) The state of permanent fixtures or equipment.
443.01(3c)(c) (c) The interior space or area if the change or alteration requires verification of the compliance of the interior space or area with a building code, fire code, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or state or local regulations.
443.01(3c)(d) (d) Interior furnishings.
443.01(3c)(e) (e) Nonstructural elements of the interior space or area.
443.01(3e) (3e)“Interior technical submission” means a design, drawing, specification, study, or other technical report or calculation that establishes the scope of an interior design project, including a description of standards of quality for materials, skilled labor, equipment, and construction systems, and that may be signed and sealed by a Wisconsin registered interior designer in compliance with this chapter.
443.01(3g) (3g)“Landscape architect" means a person who practices landscape architecture.
443.01(3r) (3r)“Landscape architecture" means the performance of a professional service involving conceptual land planning and conceptual design for integrated land development based on the analysis of environmental characteristics, operational requirements, land use or commensurate land values. “Landscape architecture" includes the investigation, selection or allocation of land or water resources for appropriate uses; the formulation of graphic or written criteria for a land planning or land construction program; the preparation, review or analysis of a master plan for land use or development; the production of a graphic land area, grading, drainage, planting or land construction plan; and the planning of a road, bridge or other structure with respect to the aesthetic requirements of the area on which it will be constructed, except that “landscape architecture" does not include any of the following:
443.01(3r)(a) (a) Professional services performed by a registered architect or by a person who has in effect a permit under s. 443.10 (1) (d).
443.01(3r)(b) (b) Professional services performed by a professional engineer or by a person who has in effect a permit under s. 443.10 (1) (d).
443.01(3r)(c) (c) Professional services performed by a professional land surveyor.
443.01(3r)(d) (d) The practice of planning as is customarily done by a regional, park, or urban planner, or by a person participating on a planning board or commission, within the scope of that practice.
443.01(3r)(e) (e) The practice of a natural resource professional, including a biologist, professional geologist, as defined in s. 470.01 (5), or professional soil scientist, as defined in s. 470.01 (7).
443.01(3r)(f) (f) The actions of a person who is under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect or an employee of a licensed landscape architect, unless the person assumes responsible charge, design, or supervision.
443.01(3r)(g) (g) Work performed on property by an individual who owns or has control over the property, or work performed by a person hired by an individual who owns or has control of the property.
443.01(3r)(h) (h) Making plans or drawings for the selection, placement, or use of plants or site features.
443.01(5) (5)“Practice of architecture" includes any professional service, such as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, architectural and structural design, or responsible supervision of construction, in connection with the construction of any private or public buildings, structures, projects, or the equipment thereof, or addition to or alterations thereof, in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health or property is concerned or involved.
443.01(5m) (5m)
443.01(5m)(a)(a) “Practice of interior design” means the design of interior spaces as a part of an interior alteration or interior construction project in conformity with public health, safety, and welfare requirements, including the preparation of documents relating to building code descriptions, project egress plans that require no increase in the number of exits in the space affected, space planning, finish materials, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment and the preparation of documents and interior technical submissions relating to interior construction.
443.01(5m)(b) (b) “Practice of interior design” does not include any of the following:
443.01(5m)(b)1. 1. Services that constitute the practice of architecture or the practice of professional engineering.
443.01(5m)(b)2. 2. Altering or affecting the structural system of a building, including changing the building's live or dead load on the structural system.
443.01(5m)(b)3. 3. Changes to the building envelope, including exterior walls, exterior wall coverings, exterior wall openings, exterior windows and doors, architectural trim, balconies and similar projections, bay and oriel windows, roof assemblies and rooftop structures, and glass and glazing for exterior use in both vertical and sloped applications in buildings and structures.
443.01(5m)(b)4. 4. Altering or affecting the mechanical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, vertical transportation, fire sprinkler, or fire alarm systems.
443.01(5m)(b)5. 5. Changes beyond the exit access component of a means of egress system.
2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 210 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on May 17, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after May 17, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 5-17-24)