Licensing and Regulation
Interior Design laws assist in establishing and maintaining 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, provides accountability, increases the quality of client services and choices and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.
To date, Interior Design laws have been enacted in 27 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 8 Canadian provinces.
In some states, use of the term “Interior Designer” is limited to those professionals meeting the state’s requirements. In others states they regulate the use of “Certified Interior Designer,” “Registered Interior Designer” or another specified title. Some states also regulate the practice of interior design, as defined by the state law, and unlicensed professionals are prohibited from performing certain interior design services. The rights and responsibilities provided to licensed Interior Designers vary among jurisdictions.
Learn more about the existing Interior Design licensing and registration laws by visiting the IIDA National Website.