Fifty-two jurisdictions have recognized that landscape architecture regulation is necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The practice of landscape architecture should preserve and maximize the use of natural systems and resources, keep the public safe from hazards, and prevent damage to public or private property from changes in the built environment. The education, experience, and examination required to earn a license ensures that licensed landscape architects can effectively protect the public and our communities from harm.

For 30+ years through the end of 2020, landscape architects in Illinois were licensed/registered under a Title Act. It sunset due to a gaffe in the 2020 fall legislative session and the reinstatement of a Landscape Architecture Title Act has been the focus of our advocacy efforts since. The Title Act would restore registration for landscape architects in Illinois and protect the title of “landscape architect.” A Title Act does not prevent any person from being engaged in the practice of landscape architecture so long as they do not represent themselves as or use the titles of “landscape architect” or “registered landscape architect”.

The Illinois Chapter has hired lobbyist Molly Rockford to assist in advocacy issues. Her company has helped leadership craft language for submission to reinstate the Title Act and to keep the chapter informed on critical issues that affect the industry.

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

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Illinois Title Act / Landscape Architect Act of 1989

On May 23, 2022, IDPFR sent the following message via email to Landscape Architects who were registered with them prior to January 1, 2020, drop of the licensure Title Act.

If you did not receive the message but believe that your registration was active with IDPFR prior to January 1, 2020, please contact the IDPFR or follow the instructions in the letter to update your information.


The IDFPR has posted on their website the following message:

“As of January 1, 2020, the Landscape Architect Act of 1989 has been repealed. No further action is required for those Landscape Architects that currently possess a Landscape Architect registration, and these registrations can no longer be renewed.

The use of the title of “registered landscape architect” and other iterations will no longer require a registration issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”

On Friday, August 6, 2021, Governor J. B. Pritzker signed the Landscape Architecture Registration Act into law. The reinstated Title Act will now enter the rulemaking process via the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, will determine the process by which Landscape Architect registrations will be reinstated, the requirements for CEUs, and so on. We will likely adopt identical or otherwise similar requirements to what had been established previously.

There have been several questions regarding August 2021 renewals and/or CEUs. No action regarding renewal or proof of CEUs needs to be taken at this time.

The sunset of the Illinois Title Act is a result of numerous issues, all of which can be found in the Letters to Members below. The ILASLA Board, along with our contracted Lobbyist and the IDFPR, are working to reinstate the act as soon as possible.

In the interim, the Association recommends the following steps be taken to protect your business:


Your E&O Insurance may or may not be tied holding a state license. We recommend checking with both your agent and your carrier, in writing, to make sure you are covered during the time that the state is not regulating the profession.


Contracts may or may not be tied to holding a state license. We recommend reviewing contracts closely and, if necessary, discussing contracts with a lawyer during the time that the state is not regulating the profession.

Reciprocity and CLARB Membership

Some contract holders are working around the issue by, at the very least, requiring CLARB membership as proof of licensure. For details on joining or reviewing your CLARB record, please see “Letter to Members 12.30.19.”

Letters to Members

If you have questions regarding the issue, please contact any one of the Board members mentioned in the letters below. We, in turn, will do our best to keep members informed on the reinstatement details and timeline.

Mark Jirik, ASLA
ILASLA Advocacy Chair

Advocacy Committee


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