Amendment to General Provisions (Article 3 of the NYC Health Code) Regarding Monetary Penalties

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


Health Code §3.11 currently limits the monetary penalty that can be imposed for a violation of the Health Code to two thousand dollars.  In egregious cases, where dangerous conduct is repeated or a violation results in serious physical harm, a more severe penalty is warranted.  New York State Public Health Law §12, for instance, authorizes the New York State Department of Health to impose a penalty of five thousand dollars against recidivists who violate rules in cases where the violation poses a serious threat to health or safety.  The Public Health Law also authorizes a penalty of ten thousand dollars if the violation of a rule results in serious physical harm to a patient. 


The Department proposes that two new subdivisions be added to Health Code §3.11 to enhance penalties in similar circumstances.  Similar to Public Health Law §12, a new subdivision (d) would allow a maximum penalty of five thousand dollars for a repeat violation of any section of the Health Code that poses a serious risk of harm to others, and a new subdivision (e) would authorize a penalty of up to ten thousand dollars in cases where a violation of the Health Code causes serious physical injury to any person. The Department also proposes to amend Health Code §3.11(c) to delete a reference to Article 7 of the Health Code, which has been repealed since 2012.


The Board of Health’s authority to make changes to the Health Code is found in § 558 of the New York City Charter.



Public Hearing

Proposed resolution to amend Article 3 (General Provisions) of the New York City Health Code to increase monetary penalties.

Public Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:00am

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street 14th Floor, Room 14-43
Queens, NY 11101