Department of Labor and Regulation

Board of Technical Professions

Laws and Regulations

Technical Professions (Professional Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects and Petroleum Release Services)

Exemptions from Technical Professions

Building and Design Professionals

Construction Administration

Technical Professions (Professional Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects and Petroleum Release Services)

South Dakota laws and rules pertaining to regulation of professional engineers, architects, land surveyors, landscape architects and petroleum release services include:

South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Chapter 36-18A

Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) Article 20:38

Blue Book - Handbook of South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Chapter 36-18A and Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) Article 20:38 current as of July 1, 2012 (in Adobe .pdf format*)

Exemptions from Technical Professions Requirements

SDCL 36-18A-9 - Exemptions from technical professional requirements, see Blue Book, Pages 9-10

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Building and Design Professionals

South Dakota Codified Laws (SDCL) and Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) pertaining specifically to building and design professionals include:

SDCL 36-18A-1(1): Definition of Building "Alteration," see Blue Book, Page 4.

SDCL 36-18A-1(6): Definition of "Building or Floor Area," see Blue Book, Page 4.

SDCL 36-18A-2: "Practice of architecture" defined, see Blue Book, Page 6.

SDCL 36-18A-3: "Practice of engineering" defined, see Blue Book, Pages 6-7.

SDCL 36-18A-9(6) and 36-18A-9(8): "Exemptions," see Blue Book, Pages 9 to 10.

SDCL 36-18A-10: Buildings with multiple occupancy types, see Blue Book, Page 11.

SDCL 36-18A-13: Incidental cross-practice by architects and engineers, see Blue Book, Page 11.

SDCL 36-18A-45: Seals, signatures and certifications, see Blue Book, Page 18.

SDCL 36-18A-46: Construction administration services, see Blue Book, Page 19.

SDCL 36-18A-70: Building officials shall require certified plans, see Blue Book, Page 26.

ARSD 20:38:37:01: Seals, see Blue Book, Page 47.

ARSD 20:38:37:02: Prime professional, see Blue Book, Pages 47-48.

ARSD 20:38:37:03: Construction administration services, see Blue Book, Page 48.

ARSD 20:38:37:04: Combining professional services, see Blue Book, Page 48.

ARSD 20:38:37:06: Services on exempt projects or for exempt entities, see Blue Book, Page 49.

ARSD 20:38:38: Fire protection systems, see Blue Book, Pages 49-50.

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Construction Administration

SDCL 36-18A-1 (9) - Definition of construction administration (Blue Book, Page 4)

SDCL 36-18A-46 - Construction administration services to be provided by
  architect or  engineer (Blue Book, Page 19)

ARSD 20:38:37:02 - Prime professional (Blue Book, Pages 47-48)

ARSD 20:38:37:03 - Construction administration services (Blue Book, Page 48)

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Rapid City, SD 57702-2447
Phone: 605.394.2510
Fax: 605.394.2509
email: sdbtp@state.sd.us

Mark Humphreys, Executive Director
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Kathryn Patterson, Senior Secretary
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Susan Neuf, Secretary
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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
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Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
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