This OPPN is issued in response to concerns raised by various City agencies regarding the practice of licensees changing companies in order to avoid paying ECB fines.
The procedures delineated in OPPN #2/99 are incorporated herein. The procedure for a Licensed Master Plumber or Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor to change his/her company name, principals, or ownership information shall be as follows:
- The licensee shall be permitted to make not more than three company changes within a two year period, provided the appropriate ownership documentation (i.e. certificate of incorporation, shares of stock, corporate minutes) is submitted to the Licensing Unit. The new company information must be reflected on all required insurances. The licensee must pay the requisite fees for a new company plate and reissue/renewal of license.
- The licensee must submit a signed, sealed and notarized affidavit stating who (company and licensee) will accept responsibility for all active jobs and permits which were issued under the prior company name. If another licensee is accepting responsibility he or she must also sign and seal the affidavit.
- A licensee shall not be permitted to make a company change if the company owes the City of New York any fines, penalties or fees imposed by the Environmental Control Board relating to work performed under the company while it was affiliated with the licensee.
- In addition to the foregoing, any requests for more than three modifications of the business entity/entities shall be referred to the Master Plumbers and Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board ("Board"). If the Board recommends that the application be approved, the licensee shall follow the procedure set forth above.