If you fail to appear at a hearing for an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) violation (formerly ECB violation), a default judgment is entered against you and you are charged a default penalty.
You may be eligible to participate in the OATH-Adjudicated Settlement Program and have half of the default penalty waived.
To find out if you have eligible violations, visit the CityPay website and search for your docketed OATH violations.
If the violation is eligible, it will appear in the search results with a "Settlement Amount." The amount due will be the base penalty amount, interest, and one-half of the default penalty. You can then pay for the violation online or at a DOF Business Center. You must agree to the terms and conditions of the settlement program.
Learn about the OATH-Adjudicated Settlement Program.
To be eligible for the OATH-Adjudicated Settlement Program, you must meet the following conditions:
- You were issued a violation by a City enforcement agency, such as the Departments of Buildings or Transportation, for violating a City rule or regulation that is meant to protect the City’s quality of life.
- Your violation has been adjudicated by OATH, you have been found in default for failing to attend your hearing, and a judgment has been filed in court for your outstanding violation.
- You’ve taken action to correct a condition on compliance violations (if applicable).
- Your violation hasn’t been turned over to an enforcement officer or agency--such as the sheriff, a city marshal, the NYC Law Department, or an outside agency--for collection.
To fully resolve a compliance violation, you must not only pay a fine, but also must correct a condition.
The OATH-Adjudicated Settlement Program requires proof of correction before you are eligible to pay a reduced penalty on a compliance violation.
To learn how to correct your compliance violations or get proof of correction, contact the agency who issued your ticket:
Department of Buildings (DOB)
Bureau of Environmental Compliance
- Agency: Department of Finance
- Division: Department of Finance Collections
- Phone Number: (212) 440-5300
- Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM