Interior Design: Board Information

The New Mexico Board of Interior Design had been active since New Mexico’s interior design law passed in 1989. The law has recognized that regulation and licensure of interior designers is essential based on the direct role the profession has on public safety within built environments through building code compliance.

In the Fall of 2022, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee issued a recommendation to sunset the Interior Design Board. Many of our national partners, industry professionals, and practitioners donated much significant time and resources to help protect the New Mexico Interior Design Act.

As part of House Bill 384, authority of the New Mexico Board of Interior Design has been transferred to the Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD) July 2023, to assume full administration and enforcement of the New Mexico Interior Design Act. RLD administration will continue to provide licensing to qualified professionals who have met specific standards for education, experience, and examination as established by the Council for Interior Design (CIDQ). RLD will continue to provide license renewals and continue to support the New Mexico Interior Design Act that distinguishes licensed professionals by the title “Licensed Interior Designer.”

As a result of a recent rulemaking completed on June 28, 2023, Interior Design has finalized new rules, 16.42 NMAC, Parts 1 through 7. The new rules are effective on July 18, 2023. The amendments to these Parts are to comply with statutory changes to the Interior Designers Act which appear at NMSA 1978, Sections 61-24C-8, 61-24C-9, 61-24C-10. Please click HERE for a copy of the new rules and the signed Concise Explanatory Statement.

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