Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

76 Okl. St. 5.8(A)

Summary Title

Liability: Architectural or Engineering Services Following Declared Emergency


When an emergency declaration is in effect, a licensed architect or professional engineer who, voluntarily and without compensation, provides architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, or other design professional services at the request of a public official will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. This section is limited to up to 90 days after the declaration.

Full Title

Voluntary architectural or engineering services following declared national, state or local emergency—Immunity from liability

Full Text

A. A licensed architect or professional engineer who voluntarily, without compensation other than expense reimbursement, provides architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical or other design professional services related to a declared national, state or local emergency caused by a natural disaster or catastrophic event, at the request of or with the approval of a national, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official believed by the licensed architect or professional engineer to be acting in an official capacity, shall not be liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage or other loss of any nature related to the licensed architect’s or professional engineer’s acts or omissions in the performance of such professional services for any publicly or privately owned structure, building, facility, project utility, equipment, machine, process, piping or other system. Nothing in this section shall provide immunity for injury or damage resulting from gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct in rendering the emergency professional services. The immunity provided in this section shall apply only to a voluntary architectural or engineering service that occurs during the emergency or within ninety (90) days following the end of the period for an emergency, disaster or catastrophic event, unless extended by an executive order issued by the Governor under the Governor’s emergency executive powers.