Deletes a hosted zone.
If the hosted zone was created by another service, such as 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
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 Amazon Web Services account.