State of Utah Adopts Interior Design Legislation

Utah Becomes 27th State to Adopt Interior Design Legislation

The state of Utah officially adopted legislation that formally recognizes commercial interior designers. Utah Senate Bill 117 creates certification for commercial interior designers and will allow them to submit their documents for building permits. ASID’s CEO Randy Fiser commented, “Across America, interior designers have much reason to celebrate. Due to the hard work and dedication of Utah’s interior design community, there has been a great victory for the profession” (interiors+sources, 2016).

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is now accepting applications from interior designers who qualify for the newly enacted Commercial Interior Design Certification. Interior Designers who desire to practice in B & M Occupancies independently can apply at DOPL. The process is very simple. To become a Certified Commercial Interior Designer individuals must submit an application found on DOPL’s website, pay a fee, provide satisfactory evidence of good moral character, and qualify and pass the NCIDQ examination. The cost to apply for the Commercial Interior Design Certification is an initial $70.00 thereafter the renewal fee is $40.00 every two years. Certified Commercial Interior Designers are also required to complete 20 hours of continuing education for their renewal, with at least 10 continuing education credit hours dedicated exclusively to heath-safety issues.

2015 IDEAL Participants. Please visit to apply and find all the information needed. Please note that you must have an active NCIDQ number

IDEAL for Utah, founded in 2008, continues to advance the interior design and Commercial Interior Design profession in the state of Utah through legislation, education, and advocacy.  IDEAL is a coalition of individuals from the design industry, vendors and consumers that support IDEAL’s mission. During the 2016 legislative session IDEAL proposed a voluntary certification for Commercial Interior Design Professionals who desire to work in code-impacted environments above 3,000 square feet. This bill passed and is now an active law in Utah.

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