Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 8.1
Land Surveyors

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-8.1-13

§ 5-8.1-13. Board of registration for professional land surveyors — Permitted practices.

(a) Exemption clause. This chapter shall not be construed to prevent or to affect:

(1) Employees and subordinates. The work of an employee or subordinate of a person holding a certificate of registration under this chapter; provided, that the work does not include final land surveying work or decisions and is done under the direct supervision of, or checked by, a person holding a certificate of registration issued under this chapter.

(2) Federal employees. The practice by officers and employees of the government of the United States while engaged within this state in the practice of land surveying for the government on property owned by the federal government; provided, that no right to practice land surveying accrues to those persons as to any other land surveying work. The right to registration after government employment shall not be granted except under the provisions prescribed under § 5-8.1-11.

(3) Other professions. The practice of engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture.

(b) Sole proprietorship, partnership, limited-liability partnership, corporate, and limited-liability company practice.

(1) The practice, or offer to practice, land surveying, as defined by this chapter, by sole proprietorship, partnership, limited-liability partnership, corporation, or limited-liability company, subsequently referred to as the “firm,” through individuals is permitted; provided, that the individuals are in direct control of that practice; exercise personal supervision of all personnel who act in behalf of the firm in professional and technical matters; and are registered under the provisions of this chapter; and provided, that the firm has been issued a certificate of authorization by the board of land surveyors.

(2) Within one year after the enactment of this chapter [July 12, 1990], every firm must obtain a certificate of authorization from the board and those individuals in direct control of the practice and who exercise direct supervision of all personnel who act in behalf of the firm in professional and technical matters must be registered with the board. The certificate of authorization shall be issued by the board upon satisfaction of the provisions of this chapter and the payment of an annual fee not to exceed sixty dollars ($60).

(3) It is the intent of the board of registration to establish that the professional land surveyor is responsible for land surveying services.

(4) Every firm desiring a certificate of authorization must file with the board an application for the certificate on a form provided by the board. A separate form provided by the board shall be filed with each renewal of the certificate of authorization, and within thirty (30) days of the time any information previously filed with the board has changed, is no longer true or valid, or has been revised for any reason. If, in its judgment, the information contained on the application and renewal form is satisfactory and complete, the board shall issue a certificate of authorization for the firm to practice land surveying in this state.

(5) No firm that has been granted a certificate of authorization by the board of land surveyors is relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of its agents, employees, partners (if a partnership or a limited-liability partnership), officers or directors (if a corporation), or members or managers (if a limited-liability company) because of its compliance with the provisions of this section. No individual practicing land-surveying under the provisions of this chapter is relieved of responsibility for land surveying services performed by reason of his or her employment or other relationship with a firm holding a certificate of authorization as subsequently described. In the event of unexpected death, retirement, dismissal, or any other occasion where an entity has one person who is a registered land surveyor, and that person no longer can continue in the operation of the entity, then the board of registration may waive certain requirements for a certificate of authorization for a period of not longer than forty-five (45) days; provided that the entity retains a person who is a registered professional land surveyor to review and pursue the duties of surveying that are required under this chapter.

(6) A land surveyor may not, for the purposes of this section, be designated as being in responsible charge on more than two (2) certificates of authorization.

(7) Certificates of authorization shall be treated for all purposes hereunder, including, but not limited to, renewal, expiration and lapsing, as previously provided for certificates of registration in § 5-8.1-10; provided, however, that renewal may be effected at any time prior to or during the month of June of each even-numbered year (meaning biennially) commencing in year 2004.

(8) Limited-liability partnerships, corporations, and limited-liability companies shall submit a copy of their articles of incorporation, articles of organization, or certificate of registration in order to obtain a certificate of authorization from the board of land surveyors.

(9) Corporations, other than those organized under chapter 5.1 of title 7, partnerships, and sole proprietorships practicing in this state prior to July 12, 1990, shall fully comply with the provisions of this section within one year of that date.

(c) Land surveyor previously registered. Each land surveyor holding a certificate of registration, and each land surveyor-in-training under the laws of this state as previously in effect, shall be deemed registered as a land surveyor or land surveyor-in-training as appropriate under this chapter.

(d) This section does not exempt the political subdivisions of the state, such as county, city, or town, or legally constituted boards, districts, or commissions, from obtaining a certificate of authorization from the board of registration when applicable.

History of Section.
P.L. 1990, ch. 330, § 2; P.L. 1991, ch. 304, § 4; P.L. 1992, ch. 337, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 86, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 56, § 3; P.L. 2004, ch. 63, § 3; P.L. 2004, ch. 90, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 98, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 407, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 68, art. 12, § 11; P.L. 2016, ch. 347, § 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 363, § 2.