Commercial Interior Design Bill Gains Momentum in Utah

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Interior Design and Education for Legislation (IDEAL) for Utah, and the IIDA Intermoutain Chapter are pleased to announce that Utah Senate Bill 117, “Commercial Interior Design Certification Modifications,” has unanimously passed the Senate Business and Labor Committee and will be heard by the Senate.

Utah Senate Bill 117 introduces certification for commercial interior designers, which will allow them to pull permits from local building officials with their drawings, expanding opportunities for commercial interior designers in the state. The effort, led by lobbyist Amy Coombs, Senior Partner, Prestige Government Relations and Consulting Group, has been a two-year process supported by IIDA, IDEAL for Utah, and the IIDA Intermountain Chapter.

“The unwavering support, constant collaboration, and sharing of advocacy resources and ideas among IIDA Headquarters, the IIDA Intermountain Chapter, and IDEAL for Utah, has undoubtedly led to the successful outcome of this first step toward interior design legislation in Utah,” said Emily Kluczynski, MPPA, Director of Advocacy, Public Policy, and Legislation at IIDA. “We are thrilled for all commercial interior designers in Utah as this is an important first step toward allowing them to practice to the fullest of their abilities.”

Utah S.B. 117 is expected to come to the Senate floor by the end of February 2016.

For more information about IIDA Advocacy, contact Abby Rathburn, IIDA Advocacy and Public Policy Manager, at

About International Interior Design Association

IIDA is the Commercial Interior Design Association with global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ Members across 58 countries. IIDA advocates for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.