Florida Interior Designers

This information was obtained from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website.

An Interior Designer is someone who designs, or provides consultation, drawings, specifications and administration of design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a commercial building or structure.  Interior design includes reflected ceiling plans (a scale diagram of a room or building drawn as if seen from above), space planning, furnishings and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of building.  If you are going to hire someone to design the interior of a commercial structure he/she needs to be licensed.

Important Note:  The services rendered that require licensure may be performed by licensed architects.  Anyone who performs interior decorating or design services for residential purposes is not required to be licensed.*  Residential work includes residence buildings, single-family homes, multifamily homes, townhouses, apartments, condominiums, and domestic outbuildings appurtenant to one-family or two-family residences.  However, it does not include common areas associated with multiple-unit residences.  Please contact your local building department for clarification prior to entering into contracts for the services listed below.

These items are offered as examples of services you do need to hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to hire a person with a Florida license.  The list is not all inclusive.  If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at www.myfloridalicense.com.  You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local business tax receipt or certificate of competency is required for services that do not require a state license. 

Needs a LicenseDoes not need a License
Interior design of commercial structures, including space planning, draperies, flooring, etc.Interior decorating or interior design of residences.*
Interior design of common areas of multiple-unit dwellings, such as clubhouses, lobbies, laundry rooms, swimming pool areas, etc.

 Federal District Judge Robert L. Hinkle has entered an order, Opinion on the Merits, in the case of Locke v. Shore in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Under this ruling a person must be a registered interior designer to provide commercial interior design services in the State of Florida. However, any person may use the title “interior designer” regardless of whether or not they hold a Florida license. A person may provide residential interior design services and may advertise herself/himself as an “interior designer” without a license. This ruling does not change the statutes in Chapter 481 but does impact how the Board enforces the statutes.

The Soreide Law Group, PLLC, will represent you in front of the Florida Board of  Architecture and Interior Design regarding licensing issues. To make an appointment to speak with an experienced and qualified attorney please call Soreide Law Group at:  (888) 760-6552 or visit our website at:  www.floridaprofessionallicense.com