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, 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 Interior Design Laws

View the map below to see what type of interior design regulatory law may apply in your state or province of North America.

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 Resources

  • General Information +Expand-Close

    IIDA has developed talking points, guides, and resources including sample information used by IIDA Chapters 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 Commercial Certification/Registration

    “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

    Developing your skills as an advocate for interior design is crucial to protecting the profession. IIDA hosts a series of webinars to help chapter leaders, communications committees, and interior design advocates build relationships with policy makers, activate their members, and more.

    IIDA & ASID Joint Advocacy Webinar Series 2019

    IIDA and ASID, in partnership with Agora Communications, is co-hosting six advocacy webinars in 2019 to inform and educate the interior design community on best practices for advocacy. All six are free and open to the public and will be presented live every other month starting in February 2019. Advocates will learn the basics of advocacy, how to make friends with legislators, and how to build a successful advocacy program.

    Use Your Voice: Interior Design Advocacy 101

    This webinar is ideal for those interested in honing their volunteer skills in advocacy. Those who are engaged in advocacy such as CIDQ leaders, educators, and state board of interior design members will also find it helpful.

    To download these webinars and for more information, contact Emily Kelly, IIDA Director of Advocacy, at ekelly@iida.org.

  • IIDA Advocacy Grant+Expand-Close

    The Advocacy Grant Program supports the advocacy and legislative efforts of individual IIDA Chapters. Since its inception in 2005, the program has supplied grant funding to 32 Chapters to host educational events, develop tools to make Members better advocates for the profession, and provide opportunities to supplement costs for pursuing legislative initiatives.

    Applying for an Advocacy Grant

    Each grant application will be available to chapters in October of the previous year in which the grant will be awarded. Lobbyist grant applications will be decided on by the end of the year. Advocacy project grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information please contact Abigail Wilson at awilson@iida.org.

  • Advocacy Tool Kit+Expand-Close

    IIDA Resources

    IIDA Overlap Piece (Interior Design and Architecture)

    IIDA 2020 Legislative Map

    IIDA Be an Advocate Brochure

    Why Registration Matters

    IIDA Advocacy Site Visit Guide

    Commercial Interior Design Infographic

    NCIDQ Resources

    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.

05 Become An Advocate