History of Interior Design Legislation
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Attempt to recognize interior designers via use of Board of Equalization resale numbers is unsuccessful.

Early 1980's

Predecessor to CLCID forms a Political Action Committee; a legislative bill is sponsored that fails in committee phase. The PAC becomes inactive; and lobbying services lapse.


  • Impetus: The Building Officials were in limbo with non-seismic and non-structural Interior Design plans.
  • Senator John Seymour’s SB 790 sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and California Board of Architectural Examiners passes legislature and is signed by Governor George Deukmejian without opposition. SB 790 restricted practicing all design and submission of plans to building departments except those drawn under the supervision of CA licensed architects and engineers.


  • Contact with the California Association of Building Officials (CALBO) is initiated.
  • The CA Interior Design PAC reactivates into present format; California Legislative Conference on Interior Design (CLCID) is formed; a lobbyist is hired.
  • The Senate Business and Professions Committee recognized CLCID and mandated that this coalition represent all Interior Designers in the State of California.


California Contractors State License Board funds independent study to determine need for licensing interior designers.


Sunrise Report, “A Study to Determine the Need to License Interior Designers” is submitted to the Legislature recommending that “Interior Designers” be licensed under a Practice Act and “Interior Decorators” be registered by a Title Act.


  • CLCID initiates relationships with Chapters of professional Interior Design organizations to form cohesive grassroots activities according to CA Assembly and Senate District lines to be ready to support legislative-related issues.
  • Senator William Craven agrees to be the author of an interior designers licensing bill.


  • Senator Craven introduces SB 153. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Board of Architectural Examiners oppose it. Negotiation with both Architects and Contractors for an Interior Designers Practice Act is unsuccessful.
  • After being amended to “Certification” recognition, SB 153 passes through the legislative process in both the Senate and Assembly. SB 153 is approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Deukmejian.

Late 1990

A cross section of Interior Designers formed the Certification Task Force to establish the standards and methods for certification.


  • Senator Craven authors SB 667 to amend the interior design statute section on grandparenting.
  • A certifying board for interior design is formed as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) and titled the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC), and the CLCID Board of Directors approves it. The CCIDC Board of Directors is established and staff is hired.


  • CCIDC commences certification for eligible interior designers.
  • Certified Interior Designers (CIDs), as mandated by the State of California, have met high standards of qualification and have agreed to uphold a strict code of ethics and conduct.


SB 1586, authored by Senator Craven, relating to the licensing section of the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Bedding statute passes and is signed by Governor Pete Wilson. Section amended the law to exclude interior designers who exclusively specify, but do not buy or sell upholstered furniture or bedding from the provisions of the law.


CCIDC is included in Sunset legislation. The Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee recommends that CCIDC be “Sunsetted”.


CLCID works with CCIDC to reverse the Sunset recommendation.


Senator Bruce McPherson agrees to carry Interior Designer’s bill SB 435 to reverse Sunset recommendation. SB 435 passes Legislature despite the objections of the CA Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and is signed by Governor Wilson providing a one year/session of Legislature to reverse Sunset.


  • International Residential Code revision begins. Monitoring the process is ASID, CLCID & IIDA.
  • Monitoring and testifying at code hearings are members of ASID, IIDA, CCIDC and NCIDQ. Resulting Language defines a design professional as a “registered design professional where required by the statutes of the jurisdiction in which the project is to be constructed”. CCIDC was unsuccessful at adding “or certified” between “registered” and “design professional”.
  • Senator McPherson carries SB 1471. It passes the Legislature with DCA having moved to a “Neutral” position. Governor Wilson signs SB 1471. It extends CCIDC’s Sunset to 12/31/01, which conforms to other Boards and Commissions Sunset provisions.
  • Legal Counsel opinion requested by Task Force establishes that CLCID and CCIDC are prohibited under California law from sharing lobbying services.


CIDPAC becomes active in educating and supporting legislators who support the issues of the Interior Design industry.


CLCID and CCIDC sponsor AB 1096 which is authored by Assemblymember Gloria Romero. AB 1096 passes from the Assembly to the Senate where it meets opposition. Assemblymember Romero is instructed to pull the bill from the Business and Professions Committee and re-submit it in the second year of session rather than risk having the B & P Committee “kill” it summarily. AB 1096 is re-submitted in 2000 with amendments, passing both the Assembly and Senate. Governor Gray Davis vetoes AB 1096.


  • The CA Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) joins CLCID and actively participates in legislative activity.
  • AB 2230 Wiggins would have allowed any registered architect or architectural organization to assume enforcement duties normally reserved for the California Board of Architects (CAB). CLCID and CCIDC initiate a letter writing campaign against AB 2230 that contribute to it being defeated.
  • (December) – CCIDC goes before the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee for an indepth hearing on its activities and operations. A 90-day period of research and discussion commences before the next hearing.

2001- September

Governor Gray Davis signs SB 136, which will become law on January 1, 2002. SB 136 provides We protection for the CID designation and a sunset extension date for the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC).

2002 - November

CCIDC goes before the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee for an in-depth hearing on its activities and operations.


As a result of a favorable JLSRC Committee hearing, CCIDC was included in SB 363 (Figueroa). The bill protects the CID title and extended the CID law to Jan 1, 2007. The bill was approved by the Governor in October, 2003 and became law in January, 2004.


CLCID continued to monitor legislation to protect the profession of interior design.


CLCID issues its’ Vision for Future Interior Design Law” . Senate Bill 232 was Chaptered into law to extend the Sunset date of the Certified Interior Designers law from January 1, 2007 until January 1, 2008.


SB1476 Figueroa Extended CID law to 2010.


SB1312 Leland Yee Introduced a bill that would have prohibited a person from engaging in the practice of Interior Design without being a “Registered Interior Designer” – DEFEATED.


CLCID Develops the Codes Manual and IDEX Study classes for those designers seeking to become certified in the State of California.


AB 2130 This completes the Sunset Review process amendments and puts it back into the hands of a joint committee between the Senate and the Assembly, the way it used to be.


Industry Showcase with NKBA Northern CA and theCA Capital Chapters.


Financial support of a lobbyist to assist in the Defeat of AB2482 – practice act bill (supported by IDCC). Hired IDPC as consultants. AIBD joined CLCID as an associate member.


Actively Supported passage of SB308 Sunset Bill for CCIDC.


  • Published 2013 Codes and Regulations Manual for Interior Designers that includes CALGreen and Title 24 Code updates.
  • CLCID supported the pulling of Bill AB2192 (Melendez) sponsored by the AIA California Council, allowed for a peer review/self-certification system for architectural approval of plans, circumventing the current program approval of plans by the local building departments.


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