New York Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body

New York Department of State (Division of Licensing)

Phone: (518) 474-4429

Fax: (518) 473-6648

Email: licensing@dos.ny.gov

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

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

Quick New York Facts

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • License renewal cycle every two years
  • License type: home inspector


  • Field Training and Experience
    • 40 hours of unpaid inspection experience (part of pre-licensing hours)
  • CE
    • 24 hours completed within two-year license renewal period prior to the expiration date
  • Pre-Licensing
    • 140 hours total (see experience)

Statute/Code: New York Consolidated Laws RPP – Real Property. Article 12-B. § 444-E (c)

Rule/Regulation: 19 NY CRR 197-2.3

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination or State Home Inspector License Exam

Application and Licensing: New York Department of State (Division of Licensing)

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.


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