State Licensing


Home Inspectors in the State of Washington are now required to be licensed by the State.  The new law was passed during the 2008 session of the State Legislature and after another year of writing new standards and rules, it became a reality on September 1, 2009.

If you are searching for an inspector, the first question to ask is, "What is your Washington State Home Inspectors License number"?  If they cannot supply you with a proper license number, don't even bother asking additional questions.  Say Thank You and run the other direction.


There may still be people performing home inspections that are either ignorant of the law or are purposely ignoring the requirements.  It this really the person you want to trust your home inspection to?  Someone who is supposedly a professional but either disregards the law or is ignorant of the requirements to do business in their chosen profession?  This law has been debated and discussed since it was first proposed in 2008.  There have been bulletins, emails and meetings galore that any professional inspector should have been aware of.

In the long run, if your inspector does not have a license number (currently numbering between 201 and 1610), they are breaking the law.  Maybe that is why their price is lower.

Take the time.  Ask your potential inspector for their license number.  Verify it with the State of Washington HERE and then ask any other questions you may have.

If you would like to read the Washington State Law and Regulations regarding Home Inspectors and Licensing, you can visit the Department of Licensing HERE for all the information.