PART 7                 CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT               ISSUING AGENCY:  New Mexico Board of Landscape Architects, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               SCOPE:  This part applies to the board, licensees, certificate holders, applicants for licensure or certification, and the general public.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  This part is adopted pursuant to the Landscape Architects Act, Sections 61-24-B1, 61-24-B3, 61-24-B6, 61-24-B7, 61-24-B10 NMSA 1978.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               DURATION:  Permanent.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               EFFECTIVE DATE:  September 30, 2016, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               OBJECTIVE:  This part establishes the standards against which the required professional conduct of a registered landscape architect or a landscape architect in training is measured.  Each licensee, certificate holder and applicant will be governed by this part whenever providing landscape architectural services.  A violation of this part is sufficient reason for disciplinary action pursuant to the Landscape Architects Act.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]               DEFINITIONS: (Refer to Part 1)               CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT:

                A.            This code expresses in general terms the level of professional conduct expected of licensees in the state of New Mexico.  Such a code is no guarantee of moral actions on the part of the licensees but depends upon the integrity of each registrant or certificate holder to conduct himself or herself in a responsible and straightforward manner both in dealings with clients and other professionals.

                B.            Licensees should be more than a group of individuals offering a service to the public.  They should comprise an entity with a bond between licensees based on mutual respect and a dedication to improving the quality of life for all persons.

                C.            The licensee shall:

                                (1)           exert every effort towards the preservation and protection of our natural resources and toward understanding the interaction of the economic and social systems with these resources;

                                (2)           further the welfare and advancement of the profession by constantly striving to provide the highest level of professional services, avoiding even the appearance of improper professional conduct;

                                (3)           serve the client or employer with integrity, understanding, knowledge, and creative ability and respond morally to social, political, economic, and technological influences;

                                (4)           make full disclosure to the client or employer of any financial interest, that even remotely bears upon the services or project;

                                (5)           truthfully and clearly inform the client or employer of his or her qualification and capabilities to perform services;

                                (6)           not make exaggerated, misleading, deceptive or false statements or claims to the public about his or her professional qualifications, experience or performance;

                                (7)           regard as confidential any information obtained by him or her as to the business affairs and technical methods or processes of a client or employer;

                                (8)           not give, lend, or promise anything of value to any public official in order to influence or attempt to influence the official’s judgment or action in the letting of contracts;

                                (9)           refrain from lending his or her name or stamp/seal for plans or other documents for the preparation of which he or she was not directly responsible;

                                (10)         refrain from using the advantages of a salaried position to influence the letting of contracts;

                                (11)         not knowingly make false statements about the professional work of others; and

                                (12)         refrain from engaging in any discriminatory practices prohibited by law in the employment of his or her professional and non-professional personnel and in the conduct of his or her business.

[ NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 9-30-16]



Pre-NMAC History:  The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with the State Records Center and Archives under:

LAB 85-1, Rules and Regulations,11-27-85;

LAB 85-1, Rules and Regulations, 12-02-85;

LAB 89-1, Rules and Regulations, 05-05-89;

Rule 4, NMBLA, Registration, 07-08-92


History of Repealed Material:

16 NMAC 44.7, Code of Professional Conduct - Repealed 10-05-02

16.44.7 NMAC, Code of Professional Conduct, filed 9-5-2002 - Repealed effective 09-30-16.