North Carolina Passes Practice Rights Legislation
The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that establishes interior design practice rights in the state, becoming the 28th state to enact interior design regulation. The bill, SB 188, was a consensus agreement between the North Carolina Board of Architects and the North Carolina chapters of ASID and IIDA, and was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on July 9.
The new law goes into effect immediately and creates the voluntary protected title of “Registered Interior Designer”, a title for which NCIDQ certificate holders can now apply with the new North Carolina Board of Architecture and Registered Interior Designers. The bill also establishes a modernized and well-defined scope of practice for interior design, adds three interior design members to the board, and allows registered interior designers to obtain a seal to stamp their own interior plans for permitting.
This legislation is an historic accomplishment for the interior design community and represents a new standard for interior design regulation in U.S. jurisdictions and abroad. With this new law, the design community now has a path to work together to finally recognize modern, independent interior design practice, while respecting the historic role of architecture and fulfilling our shared commitment to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public in the built environment.
If you have any questions about the new North Carolina law, please contact Government Affairs Manager Matthew Barusch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interior Design Legislation Enacted in Oklahoma
As of May 10, there are new changes to interior design regulation in the state of Oklahoma, thanks to legislation passed by the Oklahoma Legislature. Signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt, the bill, HB 1147, allows interior designers in Oklahoma to practice autonomously, providing that registered commercial interior designers can now stamp and seal their own construction plans. This is a positive development in interior design regulation, and for certified interior designers in Oklahoma.
In addition to allowing registered commercial interior designers to stamp and seal their own plans for permitting, the new law changes the protected title in the state to “registered commercial interior designer” and revises the scope of practice by adding definitions for commercial interior design, nonstructural commercial interior construction, and fire and life safety systems. The measure, which will go into effect July 1, 2021, also adds another interior designer member to the "Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Commercial Interior Designers of Oklahoma.”
CIDQ supports legislation that allows NCIDQ certificate holders to practice to the fullest extent of their professional capabilities and applauds the Oklahoma Legislature for taking this step to support interior design regulation and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Practice Rights Legislation Reintroduced in Wisconsin
Practice rights legislation has been reintroduced in the Wisconsin Legislature. Though Wisconsin currently has a title act, the state does not provide a construction document stamp for designers to seek a building permit for their work.
The bill, AB 320, provides registered interior designers with the capability to stamp and seal their own construction plans for permitting. Similar language passed through the Senate and was heard in the Assembly in 2019 but did not advance further due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill has garnered broad, bipartisan support, and has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform, chaired by bill cosponsor Shae Sortwell(R). The bill was recently heard in this committee on May 18.
The professional organizations supporting the interior design profession, the American Society of Interior Design, and International Interior Design Association, are actively advocating in support of this legislation. For more information about the effort to establish practice rights in Wisconsin, text 'interior design' to 52886.