Deactivation of Buildings Trade Licenses

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Monday, October 3, 2016


Statement of Basis and Purpose


The Department of Buildings (DOB) is adding 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 allows DOB licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades. DOB is promulgating 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 rule allows 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 are still 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 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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