This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Restrictions on overseas architectural practices operating in India

in India

Trade barrier summary

Current regulations in India, governed by the Architects Act 1972, do not allow for overseas architects to practice in the market unless they are invited by the government of India in relation to specific projects, or if they are registered as a architect with the Council of Architecture (COA) in India.

Both these conditions have restricted UK architects in establishing offices, providing architectural services and employing Indian and overseas architects in India. These restrictions have resulted in varying interpretations of the law and rules, presenting additional uncertainty for businesses.

Sectors affected

  • Construction
  • Financial and professional services



Date reported

30 May 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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