Special inspections are conducted during construction to verify that work was performed in accordance with approved plans and specifications. Special inspections must be performed by special inspectors on behalf of a registered special inspection agency.
Special Inspectors & Special Inspection Agencies
Qualified individual employed by a Special Inspection Agency. View Special Inspector Qualifications
Special Inspectors must have all required certificates as required in Appendix A of the Special Inspection Rule.
Special Inspection Agency
Agency performing special inspections defined by Chapter 17
of the Building Code.
In accordance with 1 RCNY §101-06, agencies performing special inspections must be registered with the Department.
Class 1 Special Inspection Agencies must be accredited by the International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS) or an equivalent accreditation agency accrediting to ASTM E329-07. Special Inspection Agencies must obtain accreditation for all Class 1 inspections by May 13, 2013. Please view the List of Recognized Accrediting Bodies
- Professional liability/Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy for a minimum of $500,000 (occurrence based), for the term of the registration.
- Insurance required by the provisions of the New York State Workers' Compensation and Disability Law. All Special Inspection Agencies must have workers’ compensation insurance or a waiver.
- General liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence is already required for licensed trades.
Agencies whose Director is not a registered Design Professional and limited to performing inspections of the:
- Fuel-oil storage and piping
- Site storm drainage disposal and detention system installation
A Special Inspection Agency must have one full-time primary Director and can have up to four alternative full-time Directors. The Directors must not be an employee of any other Agency that provides Special Inspection or testing services.
- Fuel oil storage and piping
These Agencies may have a Director who satisfies the requirements of Inspection Supervisor for such tests and inspections as set forth in the qualifications.
A registered design professional with relevant experience may perform most Special Inspections in connection with the construction or alteration of Occupancy Group R-3 buildings, three stories or less in height. Additional qualifications are needed to perform Special Inspections in connection with excavation and foundation activities.