We have been fielding some calls and e-mails from CIDs regarding license renewals from what used to be the Bureau of Home Furnishings.
A while ago, the name was changed to Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI). Interior
designers should know this agency as the one who administers and oversees all of the Technical Bulletins that govern flammability of furnishings in the State of California.
Apparently, some of you have been getting license renewals in the mail from this agency for a Retail Furniture Dealer license.
As an interior designer you are "EXEMPT" from this license unless you own a retail store that sells upholstered furniture items to the general public.
If you are specifying upholstered furniture items, or purchasing them on behalf of a client, then you do not need this license, you are exempt. However, you should make sure that whoever you are purchasing these items from, an importer, a wholesaler, or retailer, does hold the appropriate license from this bureau.
The citation for this exemption is as follows:
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 19049-19064
19051. Every upholstered-furniture retailer, unless he or she holds
an importer's license, a furniture and bedding manufacturer's license, a wholesale furniture and bedding dealer's license, a custom upholsterer's license, or a retail furniture and bedding dealer's
license shall hold a retail furniture dealer's license.
(a) This section does not apply to
a person whose sole business is designing and specifying for interior spaces, and who purchases specific amenable upholstered furniture items on behalf of a client, provided that the furniture is
purchased from an appropriately licensed importer, wholesaler, or retailer. This section does not apply to a person who sells "used" and "antique" furniture as defined in Sections 19008.1 and 19008.2.
(b) This section does not apply to a person who is licensed as a home medical device retail facility by the State Department of Health Services, provided that the furniture is purchased from an
appropriately licensed importer, wholesaler, or retailer.
If you get a renewal notice from this bureau and feel after reading this page you do not need this license, then feel free to copy
this information and send it back to the bureau with the notice.