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.

Landscape Architecture Registration Act

Landscape Architect Rules

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Stay on Top of Current LICENSURE Issues

Landscape Architecture Registration is Back!!

On October 18, 2022, the IDFPR emailed the message below to registrants who were actively registered as of January 1, 2020.

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.

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 Rules for the Administration of the Landscape Architect Registration Act were recently adopted by the Joint Committee of Administrative Rules (JCAR) and effective as of September 26, 2022. All registrants who were actively registered with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as of January 1, 2020, have been automatically re-registered without fee as required under the new Act.

You are receiving this message as you were eligible for the “grandfather” provision of the Act and as such, have been re-registered for the Landscape Architect profession in Illinois. Your registration number remains the same and will be active through August 31, 2023, at which point all registrants must renew.

You may download your current certificate of registration by using your registration number and SSN on the IDFPR website here:

If necessary, you may update your contact information by accessing your online account with the IDFPR online portal here:

Should you have any questions regarding how to access your online account, please contact the Department at 1-800-560-6420. 

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation Design Unit


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.

Among other things, the letter announces that:

“A new Landscape Architecture Registration law was signed by the Illinois Governor on August 6, 2021. As a result, the use of the title “registered landscape architect” and other iterations are once again protected under the new Statute and regulated by official registration issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Department).”


The sunset of the Illinois Title Act was 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, have worked diligently to reinstate the act and are now working toward including Continuing Education Credits as soon as possible.



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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