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No increase in ARB fee as regulator considers moving out of London

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has announced it will keep its annual retention fee at £107 for the fourth year running, following a board meeting last week 

The board also decided there would be no changes to the charges for joining or re-joining the register and the prescribed examinations.

At the meeting, registrar and chief executive Karen Holmes updated the board on the progress of reforms at the ARB that were called for in the recent Periodic Review by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Among the updates, Holmes said the board was looking at a possible move from its current home in Marylebone following a recommendation from the department to explore a base outside London.

Holmes added that the DCLG was also continuing to assess whether to bring the ARB under the remit of the Parliamentary Ombudsman ‘to provide a more defined escalation route and final decision maker for complaints in relation to decisions made by [the board]’.

In addition, the ARB is conducting a review into the criteria that architecture students need to have met having completed their studies, as well as the procedures used to recognise their qualifications.

The board is calling on the profession to provide its views on the prescription of qualifications an online survey, which closes on 2 October, or at forthcoming roundtable events in Cardiff (25 September), Nottingham (26 September), and London (27 September). 

Key updates following government’s periodic review of the ARB

  • DCLG is still working to the same timetable for moving to an 11-strong all-appointed board.
  • DCLG is continuing to consider the pros and cons for bringing ARB under the remit of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and is looking at the impact of regulatory fine levels on the ability of independent regulators to police protection of title effectively.
  • DCLG has ’welcomed the start of the Section 14 review and looks forward to following its progress’ as part of the agreed approach to reforming the complaints-handling process following the Periodic Review.‎
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