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At 05:35 PM 5/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
>IS this a situation that needs "tightened regulations?"  Or is it a case
where the existing regulations are being flouted?
>Check with BORPELS and see if you can get this person cited.
>-----Original Message-----
 What will it take to get BORPELS to tighten the
>regulations on who can do structural engineering (especially in seismic zone

        "This person" is reportedly an architect. The work done is clearly
included within the practice of architecture, which is exempt from
regulation by the PE Board (BORPELS), but is regulated by the Board of
Architectural Examiners (BAE). If this architect's work is questionable, BAE
would be the place to notify.  

        BORPELS often forgets, but it is constrained to enforce only what
the legislature has authorized it to enforce. Same for BAE. The legislature
authorizes architects and civil engineers to do structural engineering for
residential woodframe projects (among other kinds) regardless of seismic
zone. For non-exempt portions of otherwise exempt woodframe residences, the
legislature expressly requires the design to be prepared by an architect or
civil engineer. If this policy appears ill-advised, perhaps you have an
issue to take up with the legislature. But not BORPELS.

        Charles O. Greenlaw, SE    Sacramento CA