Oregon Legislation

Interior designers, architects, and building construction professionals are joining together in a grassroots campaign for safer and healthier Oregon buildings. We are working to establish professional recognition for commercial interior designers – designers responsible for large occupant buildings and public spaces, such as hospitals, universities, theaters, senior long-term care homes, and more.

Oregon’s Commercial Interior Design Professional Recognition Bill

The proposed bill would allow professionals to voluntarily register with the state in order to offer independent commercial interior design services to fullest extent of their knowledge.  


We believe regulation of the interior design profession safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the general public and environment, unifies the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence. Read more about IDC-Oregon.

Top Three Reasons to get Professional Recognition for Commercial Interior Designers:

  1. Consumer protection:
    Oregonians deserve qualified interior designers that ensure the health, safety, and welfare of occupants.
  2. Good for business:
    Increase small business opportunities in and outside Oregon, support large firms, and promote women in business.
  3. Green future:
    Qualified interior designers are committed to and trained in sustainable, healthy, energy-efficient practices that reduce waste and toxins.

What are the Qualifications?

The current bill does not define qualifications but rather defines what an interior designer is and clarifies what work can be submitted for permit.  Once the bill is passed, the State will further define qualifications registration. The key elements that define any licensed profession are education, experience, and examination:

  • Education:
    Comprehensive programs that deliver a knowledge base in theory, history, psychology, interior construction, design, and building codes and regulations, among other curriculum will define the state standards. This assures that interior designers have a good foundation of skill to build onto throughout their careers. See Education Resources.
  • Ongoing Education:
    Registered Interior Designers will be required to complete continuing education each year. The NCIDQ exam, at a minimum, will be recognized. See CEU Resources.
  • Examination:
    The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) is the most comprehensive exam for an interior designer’s body of knowledge. This is the base level exam for licensing. Registered Interior Design applicants may take additional exams for their specialty practice areas if they wish to expand upon their credentials. See Exam Resources.
  • Experience:
    Interior designers should have well rounded practical experience in a variety of subject areas.  The rule making process will likely align experience requirements with those of the NCIDQ exam. See Experience Resources.

How Does this Affect Me?

Frequently asked Q&A

What Exemptions are Provided?

We respect all practitioners of the interior design profession. The Proposed Bill will not preclude anyone from calling oneself an interior designer, but will create a new category of “Registered Interior Designer”. The legislation will define the services Registered Interior Designers practice relative to public health, safety, and welfare.

Registration with the state will be voluntary, not required, so there are no written exemptions in the bill.  During the rule making process, IDC-Oregon will advocate for the below listed exemptions:

  • Single family residential design not subject to building codes and regulations
  • Architects and Landscape Architects licensed under ORS 671
  • Contractors licensed under ORS Chapter 701
  • Employees of retail establishments providing design consultation or sales
  • Employees employed under the supervision of a registered interior designer, registered architect, registered engineer, or licensed construction contractor.
  • Town home and condo units not subject to building codes and regulations

What is Grandfathering?

A grandfather clause is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, when a new rule will apply to all future situations. Because the bill is seeking voluntary registration, grandfathering is not applicable.

So if the Bill passed…What’s next?

If an interior design registration bill is passed, the exact next step is dependent on the final language of the bill.  The state will begin the rule making process and actual implementation will be determined by the legislature, the legislative council, and interior design professionals represented by IDC-Oregon.  The registration process would follow the rule making process and could take up to 5 years.

Learn more about Oregon State Legislation

Find information on how a bill becomes a law, who your representatives are and other answers to your questions about how our legislative process works in Oregon  on the Oregon State Legislature website.

You are the heart of our campaign! Reach out to your legislators in support of professional recognition today:

Still Have Questions?

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