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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Notice of Rulemaking Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Engineers and Architects will hold a rulemaking hearing on the 1st day of December 2023, commencing at 8:30 a.m., to be held at the Lincoln Community Foundation Building, 215 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln Nebraska, in the 5th Floor large conference room. 

The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence about the adoption, amendments, and additions to Title 110, Chapters 1-6, 8, and 9. This action is proposed to implement Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-3401 to 81-3455, consistent with the authority granted by the law and with constitutionality. The subject matter and scope of rulemaking action are as follows: 

The Board of Engineers and Architects is implementing changes to its regulations primarily to update the Board's rules. The main topics to be considered through these proposals include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Clarifying what credentials the Board may authorize Board staff to issue;
  • Removing the need for those who fail an engineering examination four or more times to present evidence of additional education; 
  • Revising rules related to the Structural PE Exam to accommodate its conversion to a computer-based test;
  • Increasing the amount of qualified education debt the Board may repay individuals who incur such debt; Additions to the Code of Conduct; 
  • New rule relating to sealed as-built drawings; 
  • Revisions to coordinating professional rules specifying that a professional landscape architect may act as a coordinating professional, as already allowed in N.R.S. 81-8198.01; and 
  • Several clarifications and additions to the continuing education provisions of Chapter 9. 

This hearing is being conducted under the provisions of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-907, which provides that draft copies of the proposed rules are available for public examination at the Board of Engineers and Architects and at the Office of the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68508. The draft copy of the proposed rules and clean draft are also available on the Board of Engineers and Architects website. 

There is expected to be no fiscal impact from amending these regulations on political subdivisions and the Board of Engineers and Architects. There is expected to be no financial impact on the regulated public, license applicants, and licensees. 

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to attend and testify orally or by written submission at the hearing. Interested persons may also submit written comments prior to the hearing, which will be made part of the record at the time of hearing if received by the Board of Engineers and Architects by the end of business day December 1, 2023. If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the hearing, please call (402) 471-2021 no later than ten days before the hearing. TDD users, please call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call us at (402) 471-2021. 

Dated 10/5/23, 

Jon Wilbeck, Executive Director