PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 19,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Subtitle 18 BOARD OF CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS
Regulation Article,§§2-106, 2-106.1 and 2-106.2; Business Occupations and Professions Article, §§15-101, 15-208, 15-209, 15-311,
15-312, and 15-314; Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Board of Certified Interior Designers proposes to amend Regulation
.03 under COMAR 09.18.01 Fees. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on April 22, 2013,
notice of which was published in 40:7 Md. R. 683 (April 5, 2013), pursuant to State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to increase certificate fees previously set by the Board in 2003 and then decreased in 2007.
Pursuant to the authority set forth in Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1, and 2-106.2, Annotated Code of Maryland,
the Maryland design boards, including the Board of Certified Interior Designers, may set various fees, including a certificate
fee, in order to cover the actual documented direct and indirect costs of fulfilling their statutory and regulatory duties. The
law provides that the Secretary must calculate these costs on an annual basis and provide them to the design boards for the purposes
of fee-setting. Based on the current levels of revenues and expenses, as certified to the design boards by the Department, it has
become evident to the design boards that an increase in license fees is necessary in order for the boards to strive to meet their
statutory obligations. The need for increase in fees is a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, increase
in personnel costs, as well as in fixed and indirect costs. The statute governing the design boards’ special fund limits a fee
increase to 12.5 percent annually. As a result, the design boards, both individually and as members of the design boards special
fund cluster, decided to uniformly increase their applicable license/certificate fees. Therefore, the license/certificate fee for
each Board is being raised by 12.5 percent.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. There are currently 330 certified interior designers. Due to staggered renewals, 165 certificate
holders are expected to renew their certificates annually. In addition, an average of 25 individuals become certified every year.
Based on the assumption that these numbers remain constant, the State Occupational and Professional Design Boards’ Fund will receive
additional revenues totaling $1,615.
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
A. Assuming 165, or 50 percent of current licensees, renew
their licenses in the first year, and 25 individuals receive new
certificates, revenues totaling $1,615 (190 x $8.50) will be
received by the Fund.
D. Applicants for new certificates and current certificate
holders are presently paying $68 for a 2-year certificate. The
proposed amendment will raise the fee to $76.50, an increase of
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director,
Professional Licensing Boards, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308,
Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through October
28, 2013. A public hearing will be held October 28, 2013, 2:30
p.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room,
Baltimore, MD 21202, to hear comments from the public concerning
the license fee increase.
Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board of
Certified Interior Designers during a public meeting to be held on
January 27, 2014, at 2 p.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor
Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.
.03 Fees and Costs.
A. The Secretary and the design boards have agreed to average
their direct and indirect costs, based on the calculation of costs
performed by the Secretary in consultation with the design boards.
Based on these calculations, the Board sets the following fees:
(1) Certificate fee — [$68;] $76.50;
(2)—(3) (text unchanged)
B. (text unchanged)
CARLA VIAR PULLEN
State Board of Certified Interior Designers