Proposed Deregulation of Licensed Interior Designers in Florida
HB 27 “Deregulation of Professions & Occupations” by Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill)
SB 1640 “Deregulation of Professions & Occupations” by Sen. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow)
These two identical bills propose to deregulate the interior design profession in Florida by removing the licensure of commercial interior designers from the statutes.
The bill language would replace the licensure of commercial interior designers with a proposal that would hypothetically still allow interior designers to submit building plans.
This language would amend s. 481.2131 “Interior Design; practice requirements” by stipulating that:
- “A license or registration is not required for a person whose occupation or practice is confined to interior design or interior design services.”, and
- “Interior design documents submitted for the issuance of a building permit by an individual performing interior design services who is not a licensed architect must include written proof that such individual has successfully passed the qualification examination prescribed by either the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications or the California Council for Interior Design Certification.”
- It also stipulates that such interior design documents “must be accepted by the permitting body for the issuance of building permit for interior construction…”
The bills also propose to:
- Remove the Interior Design members from the current Board of Architecture & Interior Design and rename it as “The Board of Architecture”;
- Remove ‘interior designer” from the definition of “Design Professional” in statute leaving only architects, engineers and landscape architects; and
- Amend the definition of an interior designer under the “Qualified Expert” in the Building Construction Standards statute by deleting “an interior designer licensed under chapter 481” and replacing it with “An Interior designer who has passed the qualification examination prescribed by either the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications or the California Council for Interior Design Certification.