Deactivation of Buildings Trade Licenses
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
The Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes to add a new Section, 104-26, to Subchapter D of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”), which will allow DOB licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades. DOB is proposing this rule in response to industry concerns about the operating cost of maintaining licensure while the licensee is not actively practicing as a licensee for business or other reasons.
The proposed rule would allow licensees to hold their deactivated licenses without requiring them to carry on businesses and carry insurance, which will relieve them of many of the costs associated with maintaining an active license. However, these licensees would still be required to renew their licenses and pay the DOB-related costs of holding their deactivated licenses.
Although a licensee who chooses to deactivate his or her license may continue to work in the licensed trade under the supervision of an active licensee, he or she may not practice in the trade or business as a licensee or hold him or herself out as a licensee while the license is deactivated.
The proposed rule omits Filing Representatives, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers, General Contractors and Safety Registrations because members of these trades are not permitted to work under the direction of other licensees. Electricians are also omitted because deactivation of their licenses is already permitted by existing provisions of the Electrical Code.
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