By Design / June 2020

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June 2020      


Serve as a Member on the Maryland Green Building Council

The Maryland Green Building Council, which falls under the Maryland Department of General Services, is seeking to fill a council vacancy. If you are interested in serving, please visit the Governor's Appointments website and complete an online application.

The Maryland Department of Labor also experiences occasional vacancies on our various boards and commissions. Please visit our website to view the options and apply using the online application. Your application will be reviewed for approval and possible appointment to the board.

Read the COVID-19 Response Updates from National Organizations for Design Professionals

Engineers and Land Surveyors: NCEES
Architects: NCARB
Landscape Architects: CLARB
Certified Interior Designers: CIDQ

Phase One: Retail, Manufacturing and Other Services Resume in Maryland

On May 13, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan replaced Maryland’s stay-at-home order with a safer-at-home alternative as part of the first phase of reopening the state. As a result, retail businesses, manufacturing, personal services, and certain other businesses were able to resume operations at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15 under new guidelines designed to promote safety and continued social distancing. Read the governor’s executive order online.

It is important to note that the state has given local jurisdictions the authority to enter phase one of reopening at their own pace. Check the website of your local jurisdiction to obtain up-to-date information.

Filing Unemployment Claims Using the Maryland Department of Labor’s Website

On Friday, April 24, Labor launched BEACON, a new, One-Stop unemployment insurance application to allow Marylanders to file claims for ALL unemployment programs entirely online. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and those who were previously required to file by phone like federal employees, members of the military, individuals who have worked in multiple states, and those who have worked for more than three employers in the last 18 months. To directly access the new BEACON One-Stop application, please visit See the BEACON website to learn more and review the FAQ.

If you have questions about unemployment, please visit our Unemployment Insurance webpage which contains important information and FAQs that will be updated frequently. Additionally, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses webpage as an important resource. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.

Contact Us

The offices of the Maryland Professional Design Boards currently have limited access to the public. Please be patient with us, as it may take longer than usual to respond to voicemails and e-mails. E-mails are preferable to phone calls at this time. We can be reached using our contact pages for telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of individual staff members, or you may send your concerns to our general e-mail address and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.

Links to contact pages:

Professional Engineers
Land Surveyors
Landscape Architects
Certified Interior Designers