Non-Exempt Sole Proprietorship Licensure

North Carolina General Statute 89C-24 requires all sole proprietorships practicing or offering to practice engineering and/or land surveying in a name other than the licensees name as reflected in the Board’s records to obtain licensure with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. Firm licensure is required in addition to the individual professional’s license.

Example: If the licensee is a land surveyor and his name in the Board records is “John B. Licensed” then he may operate as “John B. Licensed, PLS”, “John B. Licensed, Land Surveyor”, “John B. Licensed Mapping Services” or “John B. Licensed & Associates.” No additional firm licensure is required.

If the licensee is operating as “Licensed Land Surveyors” or “Licensed Mappers” “Licensed Mapping Services” then the firm must license with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as a Non-Exempt Sole Proprietorship.

Application for Licensure as a Non-Exempt Sole Proprietorship
  1. Complete the Business Firm Application.
  2. Mail or email the Business Firm Application to the address on the application cover sheet or email to Along with the application provide the $100 application fee made payable to the NC Board of Examiners or provide a completed Credit Card Information Sheet attached to the application.
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