Hiring A Professional


The Department encourages anyone hiring a Construction Professional to check both their disciplinary and voluntary surrender records, as well as current license status. Property owners are responsible for any work performed on their buildings and should ensure qualified and experienced professionals that will comply with all requirements of the NYC Building Code and Zoning Resolution are hired.


The Know Your Construction Professional Directory provides disciplinary and voluntary surrender records for:

  • Licensed Professional Engineers (PE) and Registered Architects (RA)
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Contractors
  • Electricians
  • Elevator Agency Directors and Inspectors
  • Filing Representatives
  • Boiler Operating Engineers
  • Hoist Machine Operators
  • Oil Burn Equipment Installers
  • Plumbers
  • Riggers
  • Sign Hangers
  • Site Safety Professionals
  • Welders
  • Concrete Safety Managers, and
  • Individuals that performed work without proper licensing


Disciplinary Actions and Resolutions

The Department of Buildings investigates and commences disciplinary actions against five different categories of persons in the City's construction industry. Actions may be taken against individuals who are accused of abusing filing privileges; violating laws, rules, and regulations; performing work that requires a license or registration without a license or registration.


Voluntary Surrender

When faced with disciplinary action, a licensee or expediter may agree to surrender or suspend his or her license or registration in lieu of facing formal disciplinary action. Similarly, a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect may surrender or agree to the suspension of his or her privileges to file at the Department or utilize the Limited Supervisory Check and Professional Certification privileges. General supervision and discipline of Professional Engineers and Registered Architects with respect to their professional licenses is under the jurisdiction of the State Education Department/Office of Professional Discipline.


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