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Facts about interior design deregulation – from DBPR

April 8, 2011

When asked directly if interior designers would be able to sign and seal drawings if HB5005 were to go through, an agent from DBPR reluctantly answered – “NO.” It was further explained that because the seal comes through the Board of Architecture and Interior Design and interior designers would no longer be recognized, an interior designer’s seal would no longer be recognized. Though a seal does not under State law keep a designer from submitting work, DBPR acknowledges it is “up to the local building departments.”  However, DBPR also admits that nearly every building department in Florida requires a seal.

For those interior designers working in Health Care and Senior Living,  AHCA requires a seal as well.

This information has been confirmed by a Republican Representative that voted against continued regulation, who had previously been informed otherwise.

Stating these simple facts and how it will limit the ability of interior designers to work is crucial. Our legislators are being informed that nothing will change for interior designers under State law, when in fact it would definitely change everything for those currently signing and sealing drawings.

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