Filing A Complaint
"Any person may register a complaint of fraud, deceit, gross negligence, incompetency or misconduct against any licensed professional engineer or any engineer-intern. These complaints must be in writing, signed by the individual making the complaint and filed with the board." 32 M.R.S. §1356.
How to File a Complaint
File a complaint against a licensed professional engineer or certified engineer-intern by sending a signed complaint to:
State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers
Attn: Complaint Officer
92 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0092
The written complaint should include a detailed description of any information relevant to the complaint. Please include the name, address, and license or certificate number of the licensed professional engineer or certified engineer-intern, if known. In addition, please attach copies of any documents that relate to the complaint. Please keep a copy of anything you send to the Board.
What Happens after a Complaint is Filed
A complaint is reviewed in the following manner:
- The Board receives a signed complaint and any supporting documents.
- The Executive Director sends a copy of the complaint and supporting documents to the licensee with a request that the licensee respond to the complaint in writing.
- After the licensee responds, the Complaint Committee reviews the complaint and the response. The members of the Complaint Committee are: the Complaint Officer (a member of the Board), the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Board and the Executive Director of the Board.
- The Complaint Committee may continue to investigate by obtaining additional evidence from the complainant, licensee or others.
- Once the Complaint Committee is satisfied that all relevant information has been gathered, they prepare the complaint for presentation to the Board.
- The Complaint Officer presents the complaint to the Board in a public meeting of the Board. The names of the complainant, licensee and other involved parties are not disclosed to the Board prior to or during this presentation. Notice of the meeting is provided to the complainant and to the licensee, who can attend the public meeting as members of the public. Members of the public are not permitted to speak at the Board meeting.
- After the presentation by the Complaint officer, the Board may take any of the
- Dismiss the complaint for lack of evidence of a violation
- Stay the proceeding pending further Board action
- Proceed with disciplinary action
- If the Board proceeds with disciplinary action, it can make a settlement offer, order an informational conference, or schedule an adjudicatory hearing.
- Parties to the complaint may attend the informational conference and/or the adjudicatory hearing.
- An adjudicatory hearing is the due process required by statute prior to taking action against a licensee, including imposing conditions, sanctions or discipline.
- Results of Board actions pertaining to complaints are mailed to individuals involved, including the complainant and the licensee.
- Results of Board actions may be made public.