Part of the Board’s mission is to ensure standards for licensure and actively enforce laws and regulations. The Board presently regulates the practice of over 30 protected titles in professional engineering and land surveying. The Board has authority to investigate violations such as fraud, negligence, breach of contract, failure to use a written contract, violating codes of professional conduct and practicing without a license.

Once the Board receives a complaint and determines it has jurisdiction it will open an investigation. The Board will only contact a licensee, provide formal notice of allegations, and give an individual an opportunity to respond after an investigation has been opened. If the Board determines that a violation has occurred it may have the discretion to obtain compliance, mediate a complaint, issue a warning, or close a complaint. In the most serious cases, the Board can impose license discipline or issue citations. The Board may also refers matters to the Attorney General or the District Attorney for criminal prosecution or civil remedies.

As an Engineer, Land Surveyor, or Geologist you have spent many years learning your trade and mastering the skills essential to your profession. If you have been contacted by the Board or believe that you could be contacted by the Board regarding a matter that could affect your professional license, it is essential that you retain competent counsel to navigate the complex investigation process and advise you about the best way to present your case. You should contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights and engage the Board at the earliest stage possible. What an attorney can do for you.

If you have already been the subject of discipline and your license was revoked you may be able to petition for reinstatement of your license. If you are an applicant with a concern about a criminal history or past problems, we can assist you in crafting an application packet to give you the best chance of obtaining a license.

You have worked hard to earn your license and build your professional reputation. Do not allow the stress of the situation deter you from confronting allegations of misconduct head on. For licensees or applicants facing allegations of professional misconduct before the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.


Laws and Regulations pertinent to Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Geologists and Geophysicists

Verify the status of a license

Codes of Professional Conduct

General Overview of the Complaint Investigation Process

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