Interior designers in California have had legal recognition since 1991, and have had the ability to become “certified” interior designers through the Certified Interior Designers Title Act as codified under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code. It is not a mandatory requirement in order to practice interior design, but voluntary, [...]
It is impossible for an interior design law to determine the scope of practice. The exemptions contained within the architects and engineers practice acts that determine the minimum standard for practicing architecture or engineering. Within both practice acts there are exemptions (CBPC Sections 5537, 5538, 6737.1 & 6745) that have been in place since 1939, [...]
Will legal recognition eliminate the need for interior designers to pay architects or engineers to redraw, stamp and sign their work?
As long as interior designers certified or otherwise, design below the minimum standards in compliance with the statutory exemptions that require an architect or engineers oversight, there is no need for a stamp. The California Building Code in conjunction with the oversight and judgment of the local building official, who has jurisdiction over the project, [...]
Will legal recognition ensure the “right” to submit plans to local building authorities for permit issuance purposes?
No one has a “right” to submit plans for permit, not even architects or engineers. It is a “privilege” not a right, and the local building official and the plan check submittal policies of the local jurisdiction make that determination.
Can the certification board (CCIDC) in California, which is a private company, do whatever it wants?
CCIDC, the California Council for Interior Design Certification, founded 25 years ago by the interior design profession in California after the passage of SB 153, a law that created into statute the legally recognized title of “Certified Interior Designer”. The Title Act came about in order to protect the right to practice and submit for [...]