Code of the District of Columbia

Part G. Interior Designers.


§ 47–2853.101. Scope of practice for interior designers.

For the purposes of this part, the term “practice of interior design” means providing or offering to provide consultations, preliminary studies, drawings, specifications, or any related service for the design analysis, programming, space planning, or aesthetic planning of the interior of buildings, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, fire and safety codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings, in a manner that will protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public whether one or all of these services are performed either in person or as the directing head of an organization.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.101.


§ 47–2853.102. Eligibility requirements.

An applicant for licensure as an interior designer shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture that he or she:

(1) Has passed the examination required by this subchapter; and

(2) Meets any other requirements established by the Mayor by rule.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142; Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-249, § 2(g), 64 DCR 1629.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.102.


§ 47–2853.103. Certain representations prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person who is not licensed as an interior designer to engage in the practice of interior design, to advertise as an interior designer, to use the title of “interior designer” or any other words, letters, figures, or other device for the purpose of implying, directly or indirectly, that the person is an interior designer.

(b) No company, partnership, association, corporation, or other similar organization shall use the title of “interior designer” unless interior design services rendered by or on behalf of the organization are in the responsible charge of a licensed interior designer.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.103.