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Interior Design Practice

Concerning modifications to the interior design exemption set forth in the laws governing the practice of architecture.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Interior design work is exempted from the types of work regulated under the laws governing the practice of architecture. The bill modifies the interior design exemption to remove an inconsistency in the language of that exemption whereby one portion of the exemption requires that interior designers not be engaged in work that affects the life safety of building occupants and another portion of the exemption requires that interior designers engage in their work "with due concern for the life safety of the occupants of the building". The bill removes modifies the language of the first portion by limiting the restriction to alterations that are outside the content of interior design documents and specifications filed for the purpose of obtaining building permit approval and retains the language of the second portion of the exemption.

The bill authorizes a city, city and county, or regional building authority to reject a building permit application filed by an interior designer only for a reason provided by law.

The bill also modifies the eligibility criteria for interior designers by removing references to educational requirements. The national certification requirement that is maintained in the statute itself includes educational requirements.

Finally, the bill modifies the description of "nonstructural or nonseismic" work that is within an interior designer's scope of practice.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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