"SECTION XX: Chapter 112 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 264 the following new section:
Section 265: Title: Registered Commercial Interior Designer
(1)“Board” means the board of registration of commercial interior designers established by section one hundred and nine A of chapter thirteen.
(2) "Building" means an enclosed structure, including the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, utility services, and other facilities required for the structure, that has human occupancy or habitation as its principal purpose and is subject to the State Building Code or an approved code.
(3) “Certificate of registration” means the certificate of registration, issued by the board every two years.
(4) "International Building Code" means the edition of the International Building Code, issued by the International Code Council, most recently adopted by the state in the eighth edition of the State Building Code.
(5)(a) "Practice of commercial interior design" means, in relation to obtaining a building permit independent of an architect licensed under sections 60A through 60O of chapter 112 of the general laws, the preparation of a plan or specification for, or the supervision of new construction, alteration, or repair of, an interior space within a newly constructed or existing building when the core and shell structural elements are not going to be changed.
(b) "Practice of commercial interior design" only includes the preparation of a plan or specification for, or the supervision of new construction, alteration, or repair of, a building.
(c) "Practice of commercial interior design" does not include: (i) providing commercial construction documents, independent of a licensed architect, for a space that: (ii) does not already have base building life safety components installed or designed and permitted, including required exit stairs and enclosures, paths of travel, ramps, horizontal exit passageways, disabled access, fire alarm systems, and base building fire suppression systems; or (iii) is undergoing a change of occupancy classification as described in the International Building Code; or changes to or the addition of foundations, beams, trusses, columns, or other primary structural framing members or seismic systems; structural concrete slabs, floor and roof framing structures, or bearing and shear walls; openings in roofs, floors, exterior walls, or bearing and shear walls; exterior doors, windows, awnings, canopies, sunshades, signage, or similar exterior building elements; as described in the International Building Code, life safety equipment, including smoke, fire, or carbon dioxide sensors or detectors, or other overhead building elements; as described in the International Building Code, bracing for partial height partitions if the top of the partition is more than eight feet above the floor; or heating, ventilating, or air conditioning equipment or distribution systems, building management systems, high or medium voltage electrical distribution systems, standby or emergency power systems or distribution systems, plumbing or plumbing distribution systems, fire alarm systems, fire sprinklers systems, security or monitoring systems, or related building systems.
(6) "State registration" means a designation granted by the administration on behalf of the state to an individual who has met the requirements for state registration related to an occupation or profession described in this chapter.
(7) "State registered" means, when used in conjunction with an occupation or profession described in this chapter, a title that:
(a) may be used by a person who has met the state registration requirements related to that occupation or profession described in this chapter; and
(b) may not be used by a person who has not met the state registration requirements related to that occupation or profession described in this chapter.
Any individual who has passed the interior design examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) may use the title “Registered Commercial Interior Designer.” Such individual shall, upon satisfactory completion of the aforementioned requirements, send to the office of director of professional licensure a copy of documentation of the proof of passage of said exam, of graduation and completion of said program, and any certifications awarded to said individual by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, with said individual’s name, present mailing address and email address, and any changes there to as such changes occur. Such documentation shall be placed on file in the office of said director.
(C) Application; Renewal; Re-Activation
Each applicant seeking to become a registered commercial interior designer shall pay to the board, upon filing his or her original application a fee to be determined annually by the commissioner of administration. After verification of the aforementioned documentation and receipt of the application fee, the board shall issue a certificate of registration for a period of two years. The director of the division of professional licensure, or his designee, as the custodian of any documentation required by this section shall enforce the provisions of said section and may use said documentation, or any lack thereof, as he, or his designee, deems necessary, notwithstanding any General or special Law, or rule or regulation to the contrary.
A Registered Commercial Interior Designer shall be required to continue learning and stay abreast of current knowledge in the profession by completing continuing education units (CEUs). Continuing education shall be gained through coursework delivered in education units. The quantity and content designation of education units (CEUs) shall be determined by the division of professional licensure.
It shall be unlawful for any individual, who is not so qualified by reason of having passed such examination, or who does not have such experience to use the title “Registered Commercial Interior Designer” or any title or device indicating that an individual is a “registered commercial interior designer.”
Nothing herein shall prohibit any person from performing commercial interior design services or using the title “commercial interior designer,” “commercial interiors consultant,” “commercial interior decorator” or the like, so long as the word “registered” is not used in conjunction with the word “commercial interior designer.”
Nothing herein shall authorize any individual to engage in the practice of architecture, engineering, or any other occupation regulated under the laws of this state or to prepare, sign or seal plans with respect to such practice or in connection with any governmental permits unless licensed or otherwise permitted to do so under such laws.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employee of a retail establishment providing consultation regarding interior design, decoration, furnishings, furniture or fixtures offered for sale by such establishment from receiving compensation from such establishment.
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an individual who has completed at least 10 years of full-time, diversified, verifiable professional experience in the profession of interior design shall be eligible for “provisional registration” provided that within twelve months after the first meeting of the board, said individual has applied for registration.
Said applicant, upon review and consent of the board, may be issued a “provisional registration” and be given three calendar years from the first meeting of the board to provide substantial proof to the board of successful passage of the NCIDQ examination, at which time full registration will be granted. If proof is not provided to the board within the allotted time period, said applicant’s “provisional registration” shall be revoked and become null and void. Re-application, including satisfaction of all requirements at the time of re-application, shall be required for registration. During the time period of “provisional registration,” said individual is required to maintain all current fees and uphold all requirements registration and renewal until such time as the examination requirement is fulfilled.
Any individual violating the provisions of this section shall be punished via a fine and/or one’s registration revoked by the division of professional licensure.
(D) Seal of registered commercial interior designer
Every registered commercial interior designer shall have a seal of a design authorized by the board. All plans and specifications and reports prepared by a registered commercial interior designer or under his supervision shall be stamped with the impression of such seal. A registered commercial interior designer shall impress her or her seal on any plans or specifications on if his certificate of registration is in full force and if he or she was the author of such plans and specifications or in responsible charge of their preparation.
(E) Roster of registered commercial interior designers
A roster, showing the names and the last known places of business of all registered commercial interior designers, shall be prepared by the board in the month of January of each year. Such roster shall be posted on a publicly available website.
(F) Certificate of registration as a commercial interior designer emeritus
(a) Upon receipt of a written application, the board may grant a certificate of registration as a commercial interior designer emeritus to an interior designer who has retired from the active practice of commercial interior design in the commonwealth. To be eligible for a certificate of registration as a commercial interior designer emeritus, the applicant shall: (i) submit an application together with a fee prescribed by the board; (ii) have been a commercial interior designer in good standing in the commonwealth at the time of his retirement; (iii) be at least 65 years of age; (iv) have been a registered a commercial interior designer in the commonwealth for at least 10 years; (v) have relinquished his license to practice commercial interior design; and (vi) satisfy any other requirements as may be prescribed by the board.
(b) A commercial interior designer emeritus shall not engage in nor hold himself out as engaging in the practice of commercial interior design. A commercial interior designer emeritus shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements established in this chapter.
(c) A commercial interior designer emeritus seeking reinstatement as a commercial interior designer shall: (i) file an application for reinstatement with the board; (ii) pay an administrative fee which shall be determined by the board; and (iii) comply with education or other requirements established by the board.
(G) Enforcement by board; attorney general; duties
The board shall be charged with the enforcement of sections 265A to 265F, inclusive. If any person refuses to obey any decision of the board, the attorney general shall, upon request of the board, file a petition for the enforcement of such decision in equity in the superior court for Suffolk county or for the county in which the defendant resides or has a place of business. After due hearing, the court shall order the enforcement of such decision or any part thereof, if legally and properly made by the board.
SECTION XX: Chapter 13 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2014 Official edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 108 the following new sections:
Section 109A: Title: Board of registration of commercial interior designers; membership; appointment; term
There shall be in the department of civil service and registration a board of registration of commercial interior designers, in this and the following three sections called the board, to be appointed by the governor, consisting of five members, citizens of the commonwealth, four of whom shall each have been engaged in the practice of interior design for a period of ten years or more prior to his appointment, and shall be registered commercial interior designers. The fifth member shall be a representative of the public, subject to the provisions of section nine B. As the term of office of a member of the board expires, his successor, qualified as aforesaid, shall be appointed by the governor, to serve for five years. Each member shall continue to serve until the qualification of his successor. The governor may also fill any vacancy in the board for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 109B: Board of registration of commercial interior designers; meetings; officers; quorum
The board shall hold at least two regular meetings each year, and may hold special meetings as required. Time, place and notice of all meetings shall be as required by rules or by-laws determined by the board. At the first regular meeting each year, the board shall organize and choose from its own members, a chairman, a vice chairman and a secretary. A quorum shall consist of three members.
Section 109C: Board of registration of commercial interior designers; rules and by-laws; seal; powers; annual report
The board may make such rules or by-laws, not inconsistent with law, as it may deem necessary in the performance of its duties. The board shall have a seal, and its members may administer oaths in the performance of its duties. The board shall have power to summon witnesses and to take testimony and require proofs concerning all matters within its jurisdiction. The board shall annually render to the governor a report of its proceedings, which shall include an itemized statement of all receipts and expenses of the board for the year.
Section 109D: Board of registration of commercial interior designers; compensation and reimbursement of expenses
The members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses reasonably incurred in the performances of their duties as members or on behalf of the board."
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