Special Inspection Agencies must be registered with the Department. Online registration began May 13, 2015.
There are three special inspection classes: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. Each class is defined based on the scope of work the Special Inspection Agency will perform under 1 RCNY §101-06
All Special Inspection Agencies must ensure that the special inspectors employed by the agency meet the qualification requirements set forth in Appendix A of 1 RCNY §101-06.
Special Inspection Agencies must obtain accreditation for all Class 1 inspections.
Special Inspection Agencies must obtain insurance to perform special inspections. Professional Engineers and Registered Architects must have $500,000 in professional liability insurance. At least $1,000,000 per occurrence general liability insurance is already required for licensed trades. All Special Inspection Agencies must have workers’ compensation insurance or a waiver.
Service of Process
All Special Inspection Agencies must maintain a New York City address or have an agent in New York State to accept service.
A special inspection agency must have one full-time primary director and can have up to four (4) alternative full-time directors. The directors must not be an employee of any other agency that provides special inspection or testing services.