House Bill 504 was reported on a 10-1 vote on May 22nd by the Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee. The bill now awaits a final vote by the full Ohio House of Representatives before being sent to the Ohio Senate. We need you to tell your representative to vote YES on HB504!
HB504 would do the following:
- The measure establishes permissive certification of Ohio’s educated and qualified Interior Design profession governed under the newly created Ohio Interior Design Examiners Board, governed under the authority of the Ohio Architects Board. By doing so it permits authority for projects within a defined scope and only applies to nonresidential buildings such as public spaces.
- Restores autonomy so that certified interior designers can prepare a plan or the specifications for, or the supervision of, the new construction, alteration, or repair of an interior space within a building when exterior elements of the building are not going to be changed.
- The measure essentially restores autonomy so that certified interior designers do not have to hire an architect to stamp and seal their own interior design drawings to turn in plans for a permit.
What the Measure Does Not Do:
- The bill does not require an interior designer to become certified, nor does it put non-certified interior designers out of business.
- The bill does not impact residential design as it only applies to the “Nonresidential Building Code”.
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