The Department encourages anyone hiring a Construction Professional to check both their disciplinary and voluntary surrender records, as well as current license status. The Know Your Construction Professional Directory allows anyone, from homeowners to large development firms, easy access to a single comprehensive catalogue that provides the disciplinary and voluntary license records of construction professionals between 1998 to the present. Use the Directory to find a construction professional (link to Property or Business Owner/Project Process/Find Licensed Professionals).
Purchasing a co-op, condo, house, building, or land brings responsibility, and new owners must legalize any illegal construction done by prior owners. Hire a qualified Architect, Engineer, or contractor to perform the work. Before hiring a professional, owners should make sure the individual they intend to hire holds a valid license with the City of New York. Use the License Search to confirm the status of a license, registration, or certification.