PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 41, ISSUE 25,
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
Subtitle 13 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS
Regulation Article, §§15-208 and 15-209; Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1, and 2-106.2, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Board for Professional Land Surveyors proposes to amend Regulation
.03 under COMAR 09.13.05 Fees and Costs. This action was considered by the Board at
a public meeting held on October 31, 2013, notice of which was published in 40:21 Md. R. 1849 (October 18, 2013), pursuant to State Government Article,
§10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to increase the examination administration service fee paid by a candidate to take one or all of the following land surveying
examinations: (1) national uniform Principles of Surveying; (2) State-specific Maryland Law and Ethical Issues; or (3) State-specific Road Grade and Storm Drain
Since 1999, the Board administered the Fundamentals of Surveying examination and the Principles of Surveying examination, as well as the two State-specific
examinations mentioned above. The examination administration fee was set at that time at $60 based on the Board’s assumed expenses associated with the
administration of all examinations. The Board will not administer the Fundamentals of Surveying examination as of January 1, 2014; thereafter that examination
will be offered only in a computer-based format by the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying. The Board will continue to administer the
Principles of Surveying examination, as well as the State-specific examinations.
There are at least two reasons that make the fee increase necessary: (1) the Board is losing a substantial revenue stream due to the computerization of the
Fundamentals of Surveying exam; and (2) while the Board has not raised administration fees from the time they were initially set, the costs associated with
the administration of the exams, such as facility rental, payments to proctors, etc., have increased in the last 15 years.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. In the past 2 years, an average of approximately 60 candidates per year have taken the Fundamentals of Surveying and
the Principles of Surveying exams. This number is anticipated to drop due to the computerization of the Fundamentals of Surveying exam. The candidates who
take the Principles of Surveying exam in pencil and paper format will pay an additional $40 to take that exam.