Illinois Passes Legislature Defining Scope of Interior Designer

Chicago, IL, June 13, 2022-The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) announce today the passage of House Bill 4715.  Signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on June 10, and voted on unanimously by the Illinois House and Senate, this legislation 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 well-being. 

The legislation was introduced and sponsored by Representative Margaret Croke (D) in the House of Representatives and by Senator Laura Fine (D) in the Senate, and practitioners will be regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. ASID partnered with the ASID Illinois Chapter (leaders and members), legislators, and counterparts at IIDA and CIDQ to secure the decisive win for the interior design profession in Illinois.

The legislation expands the scope of interior design with 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. 

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