Codes of Professional Conduct

NEW CODES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
BECAME EFFECTIVE ON JULY 4, 2003

The new Codes of Professional Conduct for Professional Engineering and Professional Land Surveying became effective on July 4, 2003. These new Codes, as codified in the Board Rules (Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 400, et seq.), were developed and adopted by the Board to protect and safeguard the health, safety, welfare, and property of the public. These Codes apply to every person who is licensed by the Board as a professional engineer or a professional land surveyor, including licensees employed in any manner by a governmental entity or in private practice.

A violation of the Codes in the practice of professional engineering or professional land surveying constitutes unprofessional conduct and is considered grounds for disciplinary action by the Board against the licensee, pursuant to Business and Professions Code sections 6775 and 8780.

Board Rule 475 addresses the Code of Professional Conduct for Professional Engineering and applies to everyone licensed by the Board as a Professional Engineer. The actual language of Board Rule 475 is available here.

Board Rule 476 addresses the Code of Professional Conduct for Professional Land Surveying and applies to everyone licensed by the Board as a Professional Land Surveyor and to all Civil Engineers who are legally authorized to practice land surveying (those whose Civil Engineer license was issued prior to January 1, 1982, and have a license number lower than C 33966). The actual language of Board Rule 476 is available here.

If you have any questions about the Codes of Professional Conduct, please contact the Enforcement Unit of the Board at BPELS.Enforcement_Information@dca.ca.gov or (916) 263-2241 or (916) 263-2250.