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You can get help settling a Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) violation before a scheduled hearing.

A settlement is an opportunity to plead guilty to the charge in the summons instead of attending the hearing.

To settle, you must:

  • Plead guilty to the charge and pay a reduced fine
  • Cure (correct) the violations

You may be able to cure certain first-time charges without paying a penalty. To cure a violation, you must plead guilty and submit certification that you have corrected the violation within 30 days of the inspection. You must submit this certification before your hearing begins.

You may receive an Offer of Settlement letter that describes your settlement and payment options. This letter also includes information about curable violations, including how to submit a cure certification. If you don't receive this letter in the mail before your hearing date, email DCWP to see if settlement is an option. You must do so before your hearing begins.


Learn about settling violations.

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If your business received a violation from DCWP, you can contact their Business Compliance Counsel (BCC). They can help you with basic compliance and legal questions, including:

  • Violations on a summons
  • Settlements
  • Laws and rules enforced by DCWP
  • Preparing for a DCWP inspection

They will refer requests for a legal interpretation to the Legal Division.

BCC will not:

  • Answer legal questions on the day of your scheduled hearing
  • Provide legal advice
  • Recommend any course of action
  • Give a legal opinion about DCWP's legal interpretations

If you contact BCC on the day of your hearing, they will refer you to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).


Learn how to resolve DCWP violations.

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By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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