DeleteHostedZone - Amazon Route 53


Deletes a hosted zone.

If the hosted zone was created by another service, such as AWS Cloud Map, see Deleting Public Hosted Zones That Were Created by Another Service in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide for information about how to delete it. (The process is the same for public and private hosted zones that were created by another service.)

If you want to keep your domain registration but you want to stop routing internet traffic to your website or web application, we recommend that you delete resource record sets in the hosted zone instead of deleting the hosted zone.


If you delete a hosted zone, you can't undelete it. You must create a new hosted zone and update the name servers for your domain registration, which can require up to 48 hours to take effect. (If you delegated responsibility for a subdomain to a hosted zone and you delete the child hosted zone, you must update the name servers in the parent hosted zone.) In addition, if you delete a hosted zone, someone could hijack the domain and route traffic to their own resources using your domain name.

If you want to avoid the monthly charge for the hosted zone, you can transfer DNS service for the domain to a free DNS service. When you transfer DNS service, you have to update the name servers for the domain registration. If the domain is registered with Route 53, see UpdateDomainNameservers for information about how to replace Route 53 name servers with name servers for the new DNS service. If the domain is registered with another registrar, use the method provided by the registrar to update name servers for the domain registration. For more information, perform an internet search on "free DNS service."

You can delete a hosted zone only if it contains only the default SOA record and NS resource record sets. If the hosted zone contains other resource record sets, you must delete them before you can delete the hosted zone. If you try to delete a hosted zone that contains other resource record sets, the request fails, and Route 53 returns a HostedZoneNotEmpty error. For information about deleting records from your hosted zone, see ChangeResourceRecordSets.

To verify that the hosted zone has been deleted, do one of the following:

  • Use the GetHostedZone action to request information about the hosted zone.

  • Use the ListHostedZones action to get a list of the hosted zones associated with the current AWS account.

Request Syntax

DELETE /2013-04-01/hostedzone/Id HTTP/1.1

URI Request Parameters

The request uses the following URI parameters.


The ID of the hosted zone you want to delete.

Length Constraints: Maximum length of 32.

Required: Yes

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <DeleteHostedZoneResponse> <ChangeInfo> <Comment>string</Comment> <Id>string</Id> <Status>string</Status> <SubmittedAt>timestamp</SubmittedAt> </ChangeInfo> </DeleteHostedZoneResponse>

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in XML format by the service.


Root level tag for the DeleteHostedZoneResponse parameters.

Required: Yes


A complex type that contains the ID, the status, and the date and time of a request to delete a hosted zone.

Type: ChangeInfo object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


The hosted zone contains resource records that are not SOA or NS records.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified domain name is not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The input is not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


No hosted zone exists with the ID that you specified.

HTTP Status Code: 404


If Amazon Route 53 can't process a request before the next request arrives, it will reject subsequent requests for the same hosted zone and return an HTTP 400 error (Bad request). If Route 53 returns this error repeatedly for the same request, we recommend that you wait, in intervals of increasing duration, before you try the request again.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Example Request

This example illustrates one usage of DeleteHostedZone.

DELETE /2013-04-01/hostedzone/Z1PA6795UKMFR9

Example Response

This example illustrates one usage of DeleteHostedZone.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <DeleteHostedZoneResponse xmlns=""> <ChangeInfo> <Id>/change/C1PA6795UKMFR9</Id> <Status>PENDING</Status> <SubmittedAt>2017-03-10T01:36:41.958Z</SubmittedAt> </ChangeInfo> </DeleteHostedZoneResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: