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Disciplinary Actions Against Florida Licensed Interior Designers

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

On the Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature, the 2012 Statutes are listed for the ”Florida Disciplinary proceedings against registered interior designers.”

This is just a sampling of the many statutes regarding discipline which could put your Interior Design license in jeopardy:

“Attempting to obtain, obtaining, or renewing, by bribery, by fraudulent misrepresentation, or through an error of the board, a license to practice interior design;”
 
“Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, of a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the provision of interior design services or to the ability to provide interior design services. A plea of nolo contendere shall create a rebuttable presumption of guilt to the underlying criminal charges. However, the board shall allow the person being disciplined to present any evidence relevant to the underlying charges and the circumstances surrounding her or his plea;”
 
“False, deceptive, or misleading advertising;”
 
“Failing to report to the board any person who the licensee knows is in violation of this part or the rules of the board;”
 
“Failing to perform any statutory or legal obligation placed upon a registered interior designer;”
 
“Making deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the provision of interior design services;”
 
“Accepting and performing professional responsibilities which the licensee knows or has reason to know that she or he is not competent or licensed to perform;”
 
“Conspiring with another licensee or with any other person to commit an act, or committing an act, which would tend to coerce, intimidate, or preclude another licensee from lawfully advertising her or his services;”
This ends the information from the website.
 
This sampling of possible reasons for a Disciplinary Action against an Interior Designer’s license in the State of Florida, can put your license in jeopardy.  Remember, your license is your livelihood.
 

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

Florida Interior Designers

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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 License Does 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  

What Interior Design Services Require a State of Florida License?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

On the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), it states that 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.

 These services 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 Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation 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 is required for services that do not require a state license. 

Needs a License  Does 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.  
   

This information was obtained from the Florida DBPR’s website and is not meant to be misconstrued as legal advice.

Soreide Law Group will represent you in a dispute with the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. To speak to a lawyer call: (888-760-6552) or visit our website at www.floridaprofessionallicense.com.