Interior Design Legislation

Interior Design laws assist in establishing and maintaining professional standards that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. IIDA believes that legal recognition achieved through licensing, registration, or certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, provides accountability, increases the quality of client services, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.

To date, Interior Design laws have been enacted in 27 U.S. states (and Utah is now one of those states!), including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 8 Canadian provinces. You can view a map of all the states that have enacted legislation here. Learn more about the existing Interior Design licensing and registration laws by visiting the IIDA Advocacy page.

Did you know that Utah is the first state in the country to embrace voluntary certification for Commercial Interior Designers? Thanks to the efforts of our local coalition, IDEAL, and the many designers and industry partners who advocated for our profession, in February 2016 the Utah State Legislature unanimously voted to approve certification for Commercial Interior Designers. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is now accepting applications from interior designers who qualify for the newly enacted certification.

IDEAL for Utah

Just because legislation passed doesn't mean we're done with promoting our profession and pushing Commercial Interior Designers to the next level. You can get involved and make a difference for designers in Utah by joining IDEAL.