01 About

Every day in state capitols around the country, lawmakers are making decisions on issues that affect Commercial Interior Design and how interior designers practice. As the voice for the industry, IIDA advocates for its members and the profession so interior designers may practice to their fullest abilities. Become an advocate today. #IIDAadvocacy

For over 20 years IIDA Members have advanced the quality of life for their clients and the public by creating interior spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional, safe, and building code compliant – from state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities to sustainable renovations of multi-story condominium complexes.

Whether you would like to get involved in a local election, join an interior design state legislative coalition, or advance the knowledge of your clients and the public, IIDA Advocacy provides you the tools you need to leave a lasting impact on the policy process.

02 Active Bills

Select your state below to view active bills that IIDA is tracking that may affect the practice of interior design and architecture.

03 State Information

Use the drop down box below to find information on current state laws that regulate interior design and the contact information for your IIDA Chapter Vice President of Advocacy, state legislature, interior design regulatory board, and state legislative coalition.

04 Send a Letter

Become an advocate for Interior Design by sending a letter crafted by IIDA to your legislator.

05 Find Your Legislator

Click below to find your local legislators.

06 Resources

  • General Information +Expand-Close

    IIDA has developed talking points, guides, and resources including sample information used by IIDA Chapters and legislative coalitions nationwide, to assist students, educators, and design professionals in successfully becoming Interior Design advocates. All resources are available for download in the Advocacy Tool Kit below.

  • IIDA Policy Statements+Expand-Close

    IIDA is a strong advocate for the Commercial Interior Design profession, and the policy statements below illustrate our continued support of the licensure, registration, and/or certification of interior designers who work in a code-impacted environment.

    Policy I.2, Position Statement on Licensing/Registration/Certification

    “The International Interior Design Association recognizes and supports the adoption of legislation that allows individuals to be licensed/registered/certified interior designers.”
    “Licensure/ registration/ certification assists the profession in establishing and maintaining standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.”
    Read the full policy statement

    Policy I.3, Mission Statement on Sustainability

    “IIDA seeks to promote awareness and knowledge of interior design strategies that reduce negative impacts on our natural environment and improve the health and wellbeing of all people.”
    “We need to design with socially responsible materials and construction methods that benefit everyone that touches the project.”
    Read the full policy statement

    Policy I.3A, Position Statement on the Environment

    “The Association supports organizational communication to establish a network for the exchange of pertinent information that may improve environmental efforts.”
    “The Association suggests that design professionals and design organizations work in conjunction with manufacturers, regulatory bodies and private organizations to develop guidelines and specifications for the certification of materials, products, manufacturing processes, and energy systems.”
    Read the full policy statement

  • IIDA Advocacy Webinar Series+Expand-Close

    The Use Your Voice: Advocacy Webinar Series is ideal for chapter leaders, coalition leaders, IIDA advocacy committee members, legislative groups, communications committees, and those interested in honing their volunteer skills. Those who are engaged in advocacy such as NCIDQ committee leaders, educators, and state board of interior design members will also find it helpful.

    Member Rate: $125 for the series $25 for individual webinars
    Non-Member Rate: $150 for the series $40 for individual webinars

    Choose an individual webinar here

    Each session qualifies for 0.1 CEUs. Please complete the IDCEC form and return to IIDA Director of Continuing Education Ely Alaniz.

  • IIDA Legislative Grant+Expand-Close

    The Legislative Grant Program supports the advocacy and legislative efforts of individual IIDA Chapters. Since its inception in 2005, the program has supplied grant funding to 31 Chapters - in 40 U.S. states and Japan - to host educational events, develop tools to make Members better advocates for the profession, and provide opportunities for Members to donate to their interior design state coalition.

    Applying for a Legislative Grant – 2015 Period Closed

    The 2015 IIDA Legislative Grant Program period is now closed. The Legislative Grant Application period is from September through December. Information on the 2016 program will be sent to the IIDA Chapter President and Vice President of Advocacy in September via email.

  • Advocacy Tool Kit+Expand-Close

    IIDA Resources

    Why should Interior Design be licensed?

    IIDA Talking Points for the NCIDQ Exam

    IIDA Be an Advocate Brochure

    IIDA Legislative Guide to What Interior Designers Do

    NCIDQ Resources

    The definition of Interior Design

    The difference between Interior Design and Interior Decorating

    Model Legislation

    IIDA believes it is important to have a national legislative model that individual states may use as a reference tool for their unique regulatory state needs. For examples of existing interior design laws and more information on model legislation, please contact IIDA Advocacy.