NC House bill 590 will allow Interior Designer to seal architectural drawings for permit review. To go in to effect October 2017.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 590
Short Title: Interior Design Profession Act.
Representatives Riddell, McElraft, Saine, and S. Martin (Primary Sponsors).
For a complete list of sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly web site.
Regulatory Reform, if favorable, Finance
April 6, 2017
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR THE VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE PROFESSION OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND TO ALLOW REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS TO OBTAIN PERMITS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. The General Statutes are amended by adding a new Chapter to read:
"§ 93F‑1. Title.
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Interior Design Profession Act."
"§ 93F‑2. Purpose.
It is the purpose and intent of this act to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public by establishing standards for education and expertise for the practice of interior design and to ensure a high standard of professional conduct on the part of registered interior designers.
"§ 93F‑3. Definitions.
In this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Department. – The North Carolina Department of Insurance.
(2) Interior alteration or construction. – One or more projects for an interior space or area within a proposed or existing building or structure that includes, but is not limited to, the construction, modification, or renovation, including rehabilitation or historic preservation, of a structure which would involve changing or altering one or more of the following:
a. The design function or layout of rooms, including in a way that requires assessment rearrangements to be performed.
b. The physical state of permanent fixtures or equipment.
c. The interior space or area to require verification of compliance with building codes, fire codes, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other State or local regulations.
d. Interior office systems furniture.
e. Nonstructural elements of the interior space or area.
(3) Interior decorator. – A person engaged in the performance of one or more of the following:
a. The selection or assistance with the selection, including the provision of computer‑aided drawings, of furniture, fixtures, or equipment that do not affect the safety, health, or welfare of the public as defined by any building code or other law, ordinance, rule, or regulation governing the interior alteration or construction of a proposed or existing building or structure.
b. The installation, assistance in installation, staging, or delivery services used for interior decoration.
(4) Interior life safety. – The analysis, development, interpretation, review, and employment of space plans or interior components for existing or proposed interior spaces to provide for compliance with any building code or other law, ordinance, or regulation to eliminate, reduce, or control life‑ or health‑threatening situations, including egress or ingress to ensure access to horizontal fire exit ways leading to predetermined vertical fire exit ways.
(5) Interior technical submissions. – Designs, drawings, specifications, studies, and other technical reports and calculations that are signed and sealed by a registered interior designer in compliance with applicable laws and that establish the scope of the interior design project, including the standard of quality for materials, skilled labor, equipment, and construction systems.
(6) Licensed design professional. – A person who is licensed as an architect, landscape architect, engineer, or land surveyor pursuant to Chapters 83A, 89A, or 89C of the General Statutes.
(7) Multi‑disciplinary interior design firm. – A business entity offering the practice of interior design and at least one other service involving a licensed design professional.
(8) NCIDQ. – The National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
(9) Nonstructural element. – An element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load‑bearing element of a structure which is essential to its structural integrity.
(10) Practice of interior design. – Includes the following professional activities:
a. Programming, planning, pre‑design analysis, and conceptual design, including the selection of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.