Amendment of Buildings Penalty Schedule

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Comment By: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Statement of Basis and Purpose



The proposed rule updates DOB’s Buildings Penalty Schedule to better reflect the current construction environment and to encourage construction safety. The last major overhaul of the Buildings Penalty Schedule occurred in 2008.


Because the increased costs of construction have reduced the deterrent effects of the 2008 penalties, the Department reviewed individual infractions and assigned new standard penalties for construction and equipment safety-related violations. The decision to increase these penalties was based on the seriousness of the violation and is intended to discourage unsafe practices in the construction industry. In addition, to ensure greater consistency and simplify its penalty schedule, the Department created standard baseline penalties within each class of violation.


The schedule has also been updated to add new penalties, including for violations related to lift directors and cranes and derricks.


DOB’s authority to enforce these rules is found in Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter. 


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Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:00am

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2nd floor Auditorium
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013