Landscape Architecture

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Chapter 550 of the Laws of 2011 amends the Business Corporation Law and the Education Law to authorize a new type of professional service corporation to be known as a "design professional service corporation", or "D.P.C." Unlike existing business structures, design professional service corporations will have the flexibility of offering an ownership interest in the corporation to non-licensees. Chapter 550 also requires that greater than 75% of the stock be owned by design professionals, that greater than 75% of the directors and officers be licensed and registered design professionals, and that the largest single shareholder be a licensed and registered design professional or, with certain restrictions, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The president, chief executive officer and the chair of the board of directors also must be licensed and registered design professionals.

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A New York licensed landscape architect provides services related to the development of land areas. This includes preparing drawings and specifications in conformance with governing codes and regulations to ensure that land use, plant materials, grading, drainage, and the location and settings for structures and other improvements are appropriate.

Many municipalities require a landscape architect to place a seal on portions of land use plans submitted for approval.

You might retain a landscape architect to provide the following:

  • Advice on development of a parcel of land, whether for residential, commercial or institutional/public use, including preservation and conservation projects
  • Plans for site improvements around new or existing residential or commercial structures
  • Environmental impact statements and the processing of zoning and planning applications through government agencies
  • Designs for parks, public spaces and recreational facilities
  • Neighborhood, community, or regional land use plans

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Last Updated: September 17, 2021