New York – Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body:
Department of State Division of Licensing
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648 fax

Email: licensing@dos.state.ny.us

Address:

Department of State, Albany Location:
One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Department of State, New York City Location:
123 William Street, New York, NY 10038-3804

Website: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/homeinspect/hinspector.html

Quick New York Facts:

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • License renewal cycle every two years
  • CE Distance education is not allowed
  • License Type: Home Inspector

Required:

  • Field Training and Experience
    • 40 hours of unpaid inspection experience (part of pre-licensing hours)
  • CE
    • 24 hours in every 2 year period
  • Pre-Licensing
    • 140 hours total (see experience)

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination

New York Home Inspection Training: New York License (Chapter 461 of the Laws of 2004) the “Home Inspector Professional Licensing Act: takes effect December 31, 2005 and requires that all home inspectors obtain a license. Home inspectors will be licensed for two years and must pay an initial fee of $250.00 and renewal fees of $100.00 thereafter. The basic provisions of the law include requirements for obtaining a license, including classroom education and on- site inspection training, confirmation of an appropriate knowledge base via testing, the development of a required standard of practice and code of ethics, continuing education requirements for license renewal, and a duty of care of all license holders to the client. There are two routes to obtaining a license. An applicant must complete 140 hours of approved training, including 40 hours of unpaid inspection experience under the direct supervision of a licensed inspector, or have 100 hours of paid or unpaid inspection experience under the direct supervision of a licensed inspector. The applicant must also pass an approved written exam.

The law requires that a licensed home inspector maintain appropriate general liability insurance.

Finally, Under the Duty of Care provisions, every home inspector must provide a written report to the client, indicating what components and systems were observed, and must maintain the client’s wishes for confidentiality. The inspector may not do repairs on a home he/she has inspected for real estate sales purposes, inspect homes in which the inspector may have a financial interest, pay referral fees to agents or sellers, or inspect homes when payment is contingent upon closing, or pre-established or prescribed findings.

Application and Licensing: New York Division of Licensing Services