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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2019 11:42 AM
From: Representative Meghan Schroeder and Rep. Frank A. Farry
To: All House members
Subject: Interior Designer Registration Act

In the near future I will be introducing legislation to create the Interior Designer Registration Act in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow interior designers that meet specified education and experience requirements to apply to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Attorney General’s Office to become registered interior designers, and submit interior construction documents as required to obtain building permits in the Commonwealth.

Under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code only an architect or professional engineer may prepare the construction documents required to obtain a building permit. However, there are several schools in Pennsylvania and across the country that provide an accredited four-year undergraduate degree in interior design, and these graduates are well versed in all stages of interior construction.

My legislation would restrict the title Registered Interior Designer, and allow the registered interior designer to independently design and submit non-load-bearing interior construction plans. The registration process will be similar to the current process used for contractors under the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. Interior designers who are not registered would still be authorized to use the title Interior Designer and develop interior construction plans, but the plans would have to be under the seal and signature of an architect or professional engineer.

Introduced as HB1497