FLORIDA HB 7047

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FLORIDA HB7047-00

WHAT IS IT?

An excerpt from the proposed bill is summarized below:

THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO:

REPEAL ss.481.2131 and 481.2251, F.S., relating to the practice and regulation of interior design, registration for interior designers, and disciplinary proceedings against registered interior designers; amending s. 481.201, F.S.; deleting legislative findings relating to the practice of interior design; amending s.481.203, F.S.; revising the definition of the term “architecture” to include interior design; deleting the definition of the term “certificate of authorization”; defining the term “business organization”; amending s. 481.205, F.S.; renaming the Board of Architecture and Interior Design as the Board of Architecture; revising membership of the board; conforming provisions; amending ss. 481.207, 481.209, 481.213, 481.215, and 481.217, F.S.; conforming provisions; amending s. 481.219, F.S.; deleting provisions permitting the practice of or offer to practice interior design through certain business organizations; deleting provisions requiring certificates of authorization for certain business organizations offering interior design services to the public; requiring a licensee or applicant in the practice of architecture to apply to qualify as a business organization; providing requirements for qualification; amending ss. 481.221, 481.222, 481.223, 481.229, 481.231, 553.79, and 558.002, F.S.; conforming provisions; amending s. 481.303, F.S.; deleting the definition of the term “certificate of authorization”; amending ss. 481.311 and 481.317, 133 F.S.; conforming provisions; amending s. 481.319.

WHY DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

Interior Design as a profession is currently regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This government entity protects our industry from becoming an open and unregulated profession and only those who meet strict education and testing standards (NCIDQ) guidelines can practice Interior Design in commercial buildings. Also, the DBPR is the administrator of our Design professional license which allows Registered Interior Designers to sign and seal interior, non-load bearing, alteration construction documents for permit application.

If the Bill passes into Law, those currently holding Interior Design licenses will no longer be considered to be “design professionals” and will no longer have a professional seal to affix to their drawings.

All construction documents will need the seal of a registered Architect in order to be considered as a part of the necessary application for a building permit.

READ THE ENTIRE BILL ONLINE:

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/07047/?Tab=BillText

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