HPD Housing Inspector

Become an HPD Housing Inspector!

Every New Yorker deserves a safe home. Become a Housing Inspector to make sure families have heat and hot water, kids are safe from lead-based paint, and fire safety protections like smoke detectors are present to save lives. Join our diverse team inspecting homes across the city to keep New Yorkers safe.

In order to ensure that we can respond whenever problems arise and to maximize inspections when tenants may be home, Housing Inspectors have compressed schedules, working 10-hour days, 4 days a week (including one weekend during a two-week period). Housing Inspectors may be assigned to work in any of the five boroughs and inspect all types of housing, from 5 story walk-ups to large multifamily buildings.


  • Salary begins at $67,309 
  • Training for EPA Lead Inspector Certification and other career growth opportunities
  • Health, Dental, Vision benefits
  • Access to a great pension plan

Job Requirements

Inspectors must meet 5-year education and experience requirement, either:

  • 5 years of relevant work experience in one or a combination of the following:
    • Masonry, carpentry, plumbing, plastering, or ironwork as a fully-trained journeywoman/journeyman; or
    • in charge of maintaining and repairing multiple dwellings as an agent for a real estate organization; or
    • Performing field inspections of physical aspects of housing, building construction or renovation; or
    • Apprenticeship in housing inspection
  • Or 5 years combination relevant work experience and education at a technical school or college in:
    • Masonry, carpentry, plumbing, or ironwork
    • Engineering, architecture, engineering technology, construction, construction management, construction technology, or architectural technology
  • Or 1 year of relevant work experience and any bachelor's degree (if degree is in a relevant field, no work experience is required)

Build a strong resume. Include all relevant experience, education, and apprenticeship. Don't forget:

  • International work: We welcome relevant experience from countries outside the US and those who speak additional languages.
  • Military service: Relevant experience from time in the military counts towards job requirement
  • Apprenticeships: Building trades apprenticeships also count toward job requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • A driver license valid in the State of New York
  • New York City residency is not required


Email the team at ensadmin@hpd.nyc.gov and send us your resume. We'll review your experience and education and let you know when the next required civil service exam is available. 

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.