Home Inspector License

Top

About

State, Department of State
Home inspectors need a license from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS).

Inspectors can inspect:
  • heating and cooling systems;
  • plumbing;
  • electrical systems;
  • structural systems; and
  • other parts of residential buildings.
Architects, engineers, and code enforcement officials who inspect buildings as a part of their job do not need this license. But if they open a separate business, they need a license.

Applicants must meet education requirements and pass an exam. License holders must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years. Architects and engineers are exempt from these requirements.

Licenses are valid for two years.



For more information, contact:

NYS Department of State
123 William Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038-3804
Phone: (518) 473-2492
licensing@dos.ny.gov
Website: http://www.dos.ny.gov/

Learn which permits, licenses and regulations matter to you

Use the Step by Step tool to get an exhaustive list of requirements that matter to you.