Florida Governor Signs Design Professionals Act

Published year: 
2013

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2013) | Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed S.B. 286, the Design Professionals Act, into law.

The Design Professionals Act limits the liability of negligence for specific design professionals, which includes registered interior designers. The registered interior designer employed by a business entity or an agent of the entity will be immune from tort liability for damages occurring within the course and scope of the performance of a professional services contract if the following criteria is met:

  • The contract is made between the business entity and a claimant or another entity for the provision of services to the claimant
  • The contract does not name an individual employee or agent as a party to the contract
  • The contract prominently states, in font at least 5 points larger than the rest of the text in the contract, that an individual employee or agent may not be held individually liable for negligence
  • The business entity maintains any professional liability insurance required under the contract; and
  • Any damages are solely economic in nature and do not extend to persons or property no subject to the contract.

Working closely with lawmakers on the Design Professionals Act, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and its members applaud Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for their bold initiative on this issue. S.B. 286 is scheduled to take effect on July 1 of this year.

“It is with great appreciation to our State Legislators and the Honorable Governor Rick Scott for recognizing the professionalism of Registered Interior Designers in Florida,” said Shelley Siegel, FASID, legislative chair for the ASID Florida South Chapter. “Our education, experience and ethics are foremost in each project we do and passage of the Design Professionals Act allows us to further demonstrate our expertise.”

ASID continues to support policies that promote healthy business practices and advance the interior design profession.

For more information, please contact ASID Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Don Davis at (202) 675-2344 or ddavis@asid.org.

About AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS (ASID)

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.asid.org.