Definition of 481.203 Definitions. – (8) “Interior design

481.203 Definitions. – (8) “Interior design means designs, consultation, studies, drawings, specifications, and administrations of design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a building or a structure. “Interior design” includes, but is not limited to, reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. “Interior design” specifically excludes the design of or the responsibility for architectural and engineering work, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces. As used in this subsection, “architectural and engineering interior construction relating to the building systems” includes, but is not limited to, construction of structural, mechanical, plumbing, heating, air:conditioning, ventilating, electrical, or vertical transportation systems, or construction which materially affects the life safety systems pertaining to fire safety protection such as fire:rated protection of structural elements, smoke evacuation and compartmentalization, emergency ingress or egress systems, and emergency alarm systems.” These established standards help to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. “Professional registrations or licensure laws do not say who provides “good design” or “bad design.” This is a subjective decision that can only be made by a client. Instead, professional regulations set a minimum level of competencies required to safely practice a profession” (ASID, n. d. b.). There are two types of legislation that regulates interior design and they are title acts and practice acts. A title act is regulated through a board and guarantees that only qualified interior designers use the ��� �