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Special provisions
Education (EDN) CHAPTER 16, TITLE 8, ARTICLE 147
§ 7307. Special provisions. 1. Every architect shall have a seal,
approved by the board, which shall contain the name of the architect and
either the words "Registered Architect" and such other words or figures
as the board may deem necessary. All working drawings and
specifications, prepared by such architect or by a full-time or
part-time subordinate employed under his supervision, shall be stamped
with such seal and shall also be signed on the original with the
personal signature of such architect when filed with public officials.
Except for plans and specifications excluded from the provisions of this
article by section seventy-three hundred six of this article, no
official of this state, or of any county, city, town or village therein,
charged with the enforcement of laws, ordinances or regulations relating
to the construction or alteration of buildings or structures, shall
accept or approve any plans or specifications that are not stamped:

a. With the seal of an architect or professional engineer registered
in this state and bearing the authorized facsimile of the signature of
such architect or professional engineer; or

b. With the official seal and authorized facsimile of the signature of
an architect or professional engineer not a resident of this state and
having no established business in this state, but who is legally
qualified to practice as such in his own state or country, provided that
such person holds a limited permit issued by the department, and
provided further that the plans or specifications are accompanied by and
have attached thereto written authorization issued by the department for
the specific project.

2. Engineers, land surveyors, geologists, architects and landscape
architects may join in the formation of a joint enterprise, or a
partnership or a professional service corporation or a design
professional service corporation or may form any desired combination of
such professions and may use in the name of such corporation the title
of any of the professions which will be practiced. After the name of
each member his or her profession shall be indicated.

3. A firm name may be continued by employees having at least fifteen
years of continuous service if the retired members and legal
representatives of deceased members consent to such continuance.

4. It shall be lawful for a corporation organized and existing under
the laws of the state of New York, and which on or before the twelfth
day of April nineteen hundred twenty-nine and continuously thereafter
was lawfully practicing in New York state to continue such practice,
provided that the chief executive officer of such corporation in the
state of New York shall be an architect licensed under this article, and
provided further that the construction of buildings and structures shall
be under the personal supervision of such architect and that drawings,
plans, and specifications shall be prepared under the personal direction
and supervision of such architect and bear the stamp of his official
seal, and the drawings or specifications shall also be signed on the
original, with the personal signature of such architect. No such
corporation shall be permitted to change its name and continue to
practice architecture, except upon the written approval of the

5. This article shall not apply to: 1. Farm buildings, including
barns, sheds, poultry houses and other buildings used directly and
solely for agricultural purposes; nor to residence buildings of gross
area of fifteen hundred square feet or less, not including garages,
carports, porches, cellars, or uninhabitable basements or attics; or

2. Alterations, costing ten thousand dollars or less, to any building
or structure within the city of New York and twenty thousand dollars or
less, to any building or structure outside the city of New York which do
not involve changes affecting the structural safety or public safety