2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 21, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Johnson, Craig,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Nass, Stroebel and L. Taylor, cosponsored by
Representatives Horlacher, Stubbs, Gundrum, Knodl, Macco and
Rohrkaste. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and
1An Act to repeal
440.962 (1) (a), 440.962 (1) (b), 440.962 (1) (c), 440.962 (1) (d) 2
and 440.964; to renumber
440.96 (2); to renumber and amend
440.96 (1); to
440.965; and to create
440.96 (1g), 440.96 (2m), 440.96 (3), 440.962 (1) 4
(am), 440.968 (1) (e), 440.9693 and 440.9696 of the statutes; relating to:
5registration and the scope of practice of interior designers and granting
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill makes the following changes to the registration and practice of interior
1. Requires a person to pass an interior design examination administered by
an organization approved by the Department of Safety and Professional Services in
order to be granted an initial certificate of registration as an interior designer by
DSPS. Under current law, a person must pass an interior design examination
administered by a national organization that establishes standards for the interior
design profession and that is recognized by DSPS or an examination conducted or
approved by DSPS that is substantially similar.
2. Eliminates several requirements for obtaining an initial registration as an
interior designer, including the requirement under current law to complete an
interior design education program of a certain length of time and have certain
amounts of practical experience in interior design.
3. Makes various changes to the scope of interior design.
4. Requires DSPS to promulgate rules establishing specifications for interior
design seals and stamps and requires a registered interior designer to impress the
seal or stamp on certain documents prepared by the interior designer.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
440.96 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 440.96 (1r) and amended 2
“Interior design" means the design of interior spaces as a part of
4an interior alteration or construction project
in conformity with public health, safety 5
and welfare requirements, including the preparation of documents relating to 6interior life safety,
space planning, finish materials, furnishings, fixtures,
equipment and the preparation of documents interior technical submissions
to interior construction that does not substantially affect the mechanical or 9
structural systems of a building. “Interior design" does not include services that
10constitute the practice of architecture or the practice of professional engineering.
440.96 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
“Interior alteration or construction project” means a project for an 13
interior space or area within a proposed or existing building or structure, including 14
construction, modification, renovation, rehabilitation, or historic preservation, that 15
involves changing or altering any of the following:
(a) The design function or layout of rooms.
(b) The state of permanent fixtures or equipment.
(c) The interior space or area if the change or alteration requires verification 2
of the compliance of the interior space or area with a building code, fire code, the 3
federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or state or local regulations.
(d) Interior office furniture.
(e) Nonstructural elements of the interior space or area.
440.96 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 440.96 (4).
440.96 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
“Interior life safety” means the analysis, development, 9
interpretation, review, and employment of space plans or interior components for 10
existing or proposed interior spaces to provide for compliance with a building code 11
or other law, ordinance, or rule to eliminate, reduce, or control life-threatening or 12
health-threatening situations, including to provide for egress or ingress to 13
horizontal fire exit ways leading to predetermined vertical fire exit ways.
440.96 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
“Interior technical submission” means a design, drawing, 16
specification, study, or other technical report or calculation that establishes the scope 17
of an interior design project, including a description of standards of quality for 18
materials, skilled labor, equipment, and construction systems, and that is signed and 19
sealed by a Wisconsin registered interior designer in compliance with this 20
440.962 (1) (a) of the statutes is repealed.
440.962 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) Passes an interior design examination approved by the 24
department that is administered by an organization approved by the department.
440.962 (1) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
440.962 (1) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
440.962 (1) (d) of the statutes is repealed.
440.964 of the statutes is repealed.
440.965 of the statutes is amended to read:
5440.965 Reciprocal registration.
The department may, upon application 6
and payment of the required fee, grant a permit
certificate of registration
to use the 7
title “Wisconsin registered interior designer" to a person who is not a resident of and 8
has no established place of business in this state, or who has recently become a 9
resident of this state, if the person holds an unexpired certificate of similar 10
registration issued to the person by the proper authority in any state or territory or 11
possession of the United States or in any country in which the requirements for the 12
registration of interior designers are of a standard not lower than specified in this 13
440.968 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) Signed or impressed his or her seal upon a document not 16
prepared by him or her or knowingly permitted his or her seal to be used by another 17
440.9693 of the statutes is created to read:
19440.9693 Seal or stamp. (1)
(a) The department shall promulgate rules 20
establishing specifications for seals and stamps used by Wisconsin registered 21
(b) No Wisconsin registered interior designer may impress his or her seal or 23
stamp upon a document unless the seal or stamp satisfies the specifications 24
established by rule under par. (a).
A Wisconsin registered interior designer who is responsible for preparing 2
an interior technical submission for delivery to any person or for a public record shall 3
date, sign, and impress his or her seal or stamp upon the interior technical 4
submission and any other related documents prepared by the Wisconsin registered 5
No Wisconsin registered interior designer may impress his or her seal or 7
stamp upon a document that has not been prepared by the Wisconsin registered 8
interior designer or knowingly permit his or her seal or stamp to be used by any other 9
440.9696 of the statutes is created to read:
11440.9696 Submission of documents.
Subject to s. 440.9693 (3), a 12
Wisconsin registered interior designer may sign and seal interior technical 13
submissions that are required for an interior alteration or construction project for 14
If a city, village, town, or county requires a seal or stamp on interior 16
technical submissions that are submitted for an interior alteration or construction 17
project, the city, village, town, or county shall accept interior technical submissions 18
impressed with the seal or stamp of a Wisconsin registered interior designer 19
consistent with this subchapter.
(1) Registration requirements.
The treatment of ss. 440.962 (1) (a), (am), (b), 22
(c), (d) and 440.964 first applies to an application submitted on the effective date of 23
this subsection to the department of safety and professional services for registration 24
as an interior designer.