Notice of Intended Action

Civil penalties for unlicensed practice, ch 13

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rulemaking related to civil penalties for unlicensed

practice and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board hereby proposes to rescind Chapter 13, "Civil Penalties for Unlicensed Practice," Iowa Administrative Code, and to adopt a new chapter with the same title.

Legal Authority for Rulemaking

This rulemaking is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 542B.6.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rulemaking implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 542B and Executive Order 10.

Purpose and Summary

These proposed revisions to Chapter 13 implement changes recommended by Executive Order 10. Chapter 13 provides helpful information to licensees and members of the public regarding civil penalties the Board may impose as part of regulating the professions. This is important to the public because it creates a shared understanding of options available to the Board when a nonlicensee engages in activities requiring a license. Iowans have the ability to submit a complaint to the licensing board, which can then investigate the allegation. The Board has the ability to seek discipline against nonlicensees for those items outlined, ensuring that the public is protected.

Fiscal Impact

This rulemaking has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. No current fees are being changed, and no new fees are being imposed.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rulemaking, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rulemaking would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 481—Chapter 6.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rulemaking. Written or oral comments in response to this rulemaking must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on January 31, 2024. Comments should be directed to:

Robert E. Lampe

Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing

6200 Park Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Phone: 515.725.9024

Fax: 515.725.9032

Public Hearing

Public hearings at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

January 30, 2024

12:50 to 1:10 p.m.

6200 Park Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa

Video call link:

More phone numbers:

January 31, 2024

12:50 to 1:10 p.m.

6200 Park Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa

Video call link:

More phone numbers:

The Department may address agenda items out of sequence to accommodate persons appearing before the Department or to aid in the efficiency or effectiveness of the meeting.

All meetings held by the Department are accessible to everyone. Any persons who need special accommodations to participate should call 515.281.0254 (TDD: 1.800.735.2942) as soon as possible in advance of the meeting to ensure sufficient time to make the appropriate accommodations.

Public attendees may make comments at the conclusion of each board director's report.

The boards reserve the right to limit the length of comments based on the number of individuals who wish to speak.

Persons who wish to make oral comments at a public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rulemaking.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rulemaking by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rulemaking at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rulemaking action is proposed:

Item 1. Rescind 193C—Chapter 13 and adopt the following new chapter in lieu thereof:



193C—13.1(542B) General statement. The board may impose civil penalties by order against a person who is not licensed as an engineer or land surveyor pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 542B based on the unlawful practices specified in Iowa Code section 542B.27. In addition to the procedures set forth in Iowa Code section 542B.27, this rule shall apply.

13.1(1) The notice of the board's intent to impose a civil penalty required by Iowa Code section 542B.27 shall be served upon the nonlicensee by restricted certified mail, return receipt requested, or personal service in accordance with Rule of Civil Procedure 56.1. Alternatively, the nonlicensee may accept service personally or through authorized counsel. The notice will include the following:

a. A statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the proposed civil penalty would be imposed.

b. A reference to the particular sections of the statutes and rules involved.

c. A short and plain statement of the alleged unlawful practice.

d. The dollar amount of the proposed civil penalty.

e. Notice of the nonlicensee's right to a hearing and the time frame in which a hearing must be requested.

f. The address to which the written request for a hearing will be made.

13.1(2) Nonlicensees must request a hearing within 30 days of the date the notice is mailed if served through restricted certified mail to the last-known address or within 30 days of the date of service if service is accepted or made in accordance with Rule of Civil Procedure 56.1. A request for hearing must be in writing and is deemed made on the date of the United States Postal Service postmark or the date of personal service.

13.1(3) If a request for hearing is not timely made, the board chair or the chair's designee may issue an order imposing the civil penalty described in the notice. The order may be mailed by regular first-class mail or served in the same manner as the notice of intent to impose civil penalty.

13.1(4) If a request for hearing is timely made, the board will issue a notice of hearing and conduct a hearing in the same manner as applicable to a disciplinary case against a licensed engineer or land surveyor.

13.1(5) In addition to the factors set forth in Iowa Code section 542B.27, the board may consider the following when determining the amount of civil penalty to impose, if any:

a. The time elapsed since the unlawful practice occurred.

b. Evidence of reform or remedial actions.

c. Whether the violation is a repeat offense following a prior warning letter or other notice of the nature of the infraction.

d. Whether the violation involved an element of deception.

e. Whether the unlawful practice violated a prior order of the board, court order, cease and desist agreement, consent order, or similar document.

f. The clarity of the issue involved.

g. Whether the violation was willful and intentional.

h. Whether the nonlicensee acted in bad faith.

i. The extent to which the nonlicensee cooperated with the board.

13.1(6) A nonlicensee may waive the right to a hearing and all attendant rights and enter into a consent order imposing a civil penalty at any stage of the proceeding upon mutual consent of the board.

13.1(7) The notice of intent to impose civil penalty and order imposing civil penalty are public records available for inspection and copying in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 22. Copies may be provided to the media, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and other entities. Hearings shall be open to the public.

This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code section 542B.27.

Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board

This Organization is a part of the Professional Licensing and Regulation Bureau

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/31/2024.

Official Document

The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.

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View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 1/10/2024.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 193C-13.1

Iowa Code References

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Iowa Code 22 Iowa Code 542B Iowa Code 542B.27


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