Is “your” home inspector licensed? Starting on July 1, 2020, anyone who conducts a home inspection for a home or other residential property located in Rhode Island must be licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector. This includes home inspectors who are already licensed in other states like Massachusetts or Connecticut.

If you refer a home inspector(s) to consumers, make sure that the inspector is licensed in Rhode Island. To check a license, use this link and select “home inspector” or “home inspector associate” from the drop-down menu: . Don’t risk a negligent referral claim or a buyer’s loss of deposit by recommending an inspector who is not licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector in Rhode Island.

The Inspections Contingency of the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® purchase and sales agreements will also change on July 1st. “Licensed inspector” will replaced “recognized inspector(s) or inspection company” These changes have been sent to all forms vendors, and will go live on July 1st.

Questions? For more information about the law, go to the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board web site: You may also contact the RIAR Legal Department at 401-432-6945 or email