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The Department's offices in the North Office Building remain closed to the public. The Department of State continues to serve the public during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
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If you are a member of the immigrant, refugee, or asylee community and you:
- have worked in a licensed profession or applied for a professional license in PA; OR
- moved to PA in the last 5 years.
Please help us improve the licensure process for new Pennsylvanians by taking our survey, which is available in: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
State Board of Landscape Architects
The State Board of Landscape Architects regulates the licensure and registration of landscape architects in order to safeguard the life, health and property of citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The functions of the Board include the promulgation of qualifications for a landscape architect license and the granting, revocation or suspension of a license and registration to practice landscape architecture.
Electronic Signatures and Seals During Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, social distancing guidance from the Federal and State government and remote work is making it difficult for Landscape Architects to issue final or complete documents to clients, where Landscape Architects might interpret existing regulations to require a physical stamp and signature. The Department of State is providing this notice to clarify that all licensees of the State Board of Landscape Architects may utilize electronic/digital signatures and seals until such time that Governor Wolf determines that the statewide emergency proclamation may be lifted. Electronic/digital signatures and seals affixed during this statewide emergency shall be recognized as originals notwithstanding the end of the current statewide emergency.
Information on the Governor’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania
The plan for Pennsylvania can be found here:
More information on the full process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found here
Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Board of Landscape Architects (Board) is calling licensees about the status of their license. The scammer asks for credit card information. Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.
Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:
BPOA and/or Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.
If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.
Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide
legal advice or
advisory opinions, including
interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.