Illinois Bill Sparking Impetus for Interior Design Legislation

by Emily Blackburn

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) are hailing the passage in Illinois of “historic legislation (that) recognizes interior design as a distinct profession in the built environment and acknowledges the crucial role professional interior designers play in protecting occupant health, safety, and wellbeing.”

The three trade organizations last week celebrated as a “decisive win for the interior design profession” the signing into law of HB 4715, legislation that expands the scope of interior design by permitting privileges for interior designers to stamp and seal plans, “thus defining interior designers as professionals who protect and advance occupant health safety in their work.”

“In expanding the scope of interior design, the new legislation recognizes the extensive education and knowledge of interior designers concerning safety solutions in the built environment, including ADA-friendly features and fire safety codes,” the organizations said.

“HB 4715 represents the next chapter of an initiative shared by the three organizations to codify legislation that accurately and comprehensively reflects the modern interior design practice and its ever-expanding role.”

Illinois is the second state to pass legislation of this nature this year; Wisconsin is the other. Since 2021, ASID, IIDA and CIDQ have also secured legislative victories in North Carolina and Oklahoma and improved distinct professional recognition in states including Utah and Virginia, the trade organizations said.

Illinois Bill Sparking Impetus for Interior Design Legislation

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