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- From: "Bill Sherman" <SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)cdm.com>
- Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 10:14:31 +0500
For your information, a few tidbits from my internet search last night: The California Consumer's Guide says that "Civil engineers may design any building or structure except a hospital or school." I found the California Attorney General's web page but it didn't have a database of past "opinions" relating to privileges granted to the holder of a state license. But in reading the Business and Professions Code, it appears to me that state laws define what a civil engineer "can do" more by stating what a civil engineer "cannot do", i.e. cannot design schools and hospitals unless an SE. So how does the state "grant privileges" to a civil engineer by stating what a civil engineer cannot do? The state mainly grants the privilege to use a title. The latest Texas PE laws shown on their web site require an engineering firm to have a licensed engineer "who is a full time employee of the firm" but it also states that the provisions do not prohibit a licensed engineer from performing engineering services on a "part time basis". So maybe moonlighting is still allowed? Regarding residential construction, Texas appears to exclude all private dwellings from PE requirements whereas the California Business and Professions Code (section 5537) allows unlicensed design of "single-family dwellings of wood-framed construction not more than two stories and basement in height". (Some other apartment building types are also excluded.) So it looks like most conventional homes in California are also exempt from PE design?
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