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Interior Design legislation helps establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. IIDA firmly believes that legal recognition, achieved through licensing, registration, and certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.
March 31, 2015

Legal Recognition of Interior Design Matters

For over 20 years IIDA has supported the legal recognition of interior designers who work in code-impacted environments.  Our members protect the lives of millions at work, home, school, in healthcare facilities, hotels, and many other public spaces everyday. Commercial interior designers must be experts in building, fire and life safety, and ADA codes that affect the health and well-being of those who occupy interior commercial spaces everyday.

As one of the first states to regulate the practice of Interior Design, Florida’s current law continues to be upheld as one of the strongest interior design laws in the United States. Interior designers in Florida are required to register in the state in order to practice in commercial interior spaces because the practice of interior design does in fact affect the health and well-being of the public, which is why Florida has maintained that interior designers should be regulated.

Legal recognition of Interior Design may meet challenges from various opponents from across the country, but as the preeminent commercial interior design association, IIDA will continue to maintain that our members distinctly affect the health and well-being of the public and should be licensed to do work in the code-impacted environment.

Currently there are challenges to interior design regulation in many states, and IIDA offers its support to members and professional colleagues for regulation. For instance, we fully support the Illinois interior design bill currently in the legislative process and agree that those working in the code-impacted environments should have a combination of education, experience, and education in order to practice.

For further information or questions on advocacy efforts lead by IIDA, please contact the Director of Advocacy, Public Policy, and Legislative Affairs Emily Kluczynski.

IIDA Advocacy Department: Interior Design vs Interior Decorating

Learn about Interior Designers who work in Code-Impacted Environments


Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC):

The Interior Design Educators Council, Inc., is dedicated to the advancement of education and research in interior design. IDEC fosters exchange of information, improvement of educational standards and development of the body of knowledge relative to the quality of life and human performance in the interior environment. IDEC concentrates on the establishment and strengthening of lines of communication among educators, practitioners, educational institutions and other organizations concerned with interior design education.

National Council for Interior Design Qualification:

Council for Interior Design Accreditation:

Interior Designers of Canada (IDC):

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Legislative Initiative in Pennsylvania


Help pass Interior Design Legislation in Pennsylvania – Support IDLCPA!

Below are a few things you can do:

Legislation in New Jersey


The State of New Jersey passed the INTERIOR DESIGNER CERTIFICATION ACT which is a Title Act for Interior Designers.  It regulates the “title” of “Certified Interior Designer” in the state of New Jersey.   The New Jersey Coalition for Interior Design Legislation (NJCIDL) is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the interior design profession through licensing and regulation.

Applications for Interior Design Certification

For more information about the Interior Designer Certification Act visit

Legislative Initiative in Delaware

A coalition is forming in Delaware to support legislative effort in Delaware.  Contact our VP of Advocacy if you would like to help start up the coalition.