License Deactivation

The Department will allow the following licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades: 

  • Master Plumbers*
  • Riggers
  • Sign Hangers
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Welders
  • Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors*
  • High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers
  • Oil Burning Equipment Installer
  • Hoisting Machine Operators
  • Private Elevator Agency Directors/Inspectors

* Master Plumbers and Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors should follow the instructions located on the Changes Guide located in the Master Plumber/Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor Changes section on the Department’s website.

License Deactivations are done by appointment only.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 11:30am.  To schedule an appointment please call the Licensing & Exams Hotline (212) 393-2259.


  1. Request a Batch Report (open jobs, pending violations, outstanding penalties).  Requests can be submitted by email to (Plumbing/Fire Suppression) and for all other license types.

  2. Following a response on your Batch Request, the licensee must schedule an appointment and go in-person to the Licensing Unit to deactivate the license.

In order to deactivate your license, you must submit the following in-person:

  • A notarized affidavit requesting the deactivation of the license
  • Department of Buildings Issued License Card
  • Department of Buildings Issued Seal, if applicable
  • Print out indicating the absence of fines and violations issued to the company/licensee, or proof of payment for any outstanding violations, must be submitted to the Licensing & Exams Unit
    NOTE: This must be completed and approved before a company can be removed.
  • Print out indicating the absence of any open jobs listed under your name, license number or business associated with your license
  • A notarized affidavit on company letterhead stating the disposition of the company for all licenses required to have a business associated with the license. The affidavit must clearly state if the company will remain in operation or if it is closing.
  • $50.00 Change Fee

All documentation must be submitted in-person by the licensee between of 9:00am – 12:45pm to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007

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