Is a license required to install CCTV and Security Cameras in the State of New York

by Michael Scafidi
(queens NY)


Is a license required to install CCTV and Security Cameras in the State of New York


I would definitely check out to learn about your states licensing requirements.

Every state is a little different in how it classifies someone who installs surveillance systems.

Some states require all low voltage contractors to have a license which then would be needed for security camera systems.

Other states have requirements for Security Alarm and Fire installers. These installers typically do not do video systems (although some do) and they may have their own requirements.

Every municipality also has its own rules on how wires need to be run for low voltage installations. Some require you get a permit to run wires, and some don't. You will have to be aware of what various cities and counties require.

As far as New York is concerned they seem to include CCTV in with the Security Alarm installers but I have not spoke with any there to confirm this. I would check with the state to find out for sure.

Here is more information on that:

New York

License Types

No individual may engage in the business of installing, servicing or maintaining security or fire alarm systems or hold him or herself out as being able to do so unless he or she is licensed by the State of New York.

Security Alarm Installer
Fire Alarm Installer
Application Process

Applications cannot be downloaded online. Please use the provided information to order an application:

Contact and Ordering Info:
Keith W. Stack
Deputy Secretary of State for Business and Licensing Services
Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
84 Holland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208-3490
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648

Good luck.

Peter Brissette
Security Camera Expert

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