Getting a Firm Permit

Qualified firms may apply for a permit to practice in Kentucky in:
  • Engineering
  • Land Surveying

Please be aware that in addition to the Business Entity permit from our office, you may also need to register with the the Kentucky Secretary of State in order to do business in Kentucky.

If you have changes to an existing permit such as a change in responsible charge, address, name, etc., please​


Application & Further Information

The online application for permits is to be used for both new permits and for those wishing to reinstate a previous permit.
A business entity must have a permit in order to engage in the practice of engineering and/or land surveying in this state. The permit will be valid until the following December 31 at which time the permit must be renewed. A renewal notice will be mailed prior to December 31. Permits are renewed annually. If your renewal is received after December 31, you must pay a penalty equal to ten percent of the renewal fee for each month, or fractional month, that payment of the renewal is delayed.
Any permit holder who fails to renew within one year after expiration must apply for reinstatement by checking the appropriate box on the application form.

Tax Compliance

Per KRS 131.1817, our Board provides information on licensees and permit holders to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for the purpose of tax compliance.  If you have questions regarding tax issues, please contact them at

Please Note the Following: 

Practicing engineering and/or land surveying without this permit is a violation of state law.
Separate permits are required for engineering and land surveying. You may apply for both permits on the same application. You must have a responsible charge for both professions.
You are required to obtain a business entity permit if you practice as a corporation, partnership, limited liability company,  professional limited liability company, etc. The only exemption from the business entity permit requirement is a sole proprietor practicing in the name listed on his or her individual license.
A business entity must have a Kentucky licensed Professional Engineer (Professional Land Surveyor) on staff who will be in responsible charge of the engineering (land surveying) services provided in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If more than one place of business is maintained in Kentucky, a different Kentucky licensed Professional Engineer (Professional Land Surveyor) must be in responsible charge of the engineering (land surveying) work for each office and be located at that facility. A licensee who renders occasional, part-time, or consulting services to or for a business entity shall not be in responsible charge.
A business entity must notify the board in writing within thirty days of any changes in the information contained in the application.

Relevant Kentucky Laws