ECB's Sanitation Penalty Schedule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Download Copy of Adopted Rule (.pdf): 


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Final Rule


The Environmental Control Board (ECB) held a Public Hearing on August 9, 2012 regarding changes to its Sanitation Penalty Schedule. This schedule is found in §3-122 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York. It contains penalties for notices of violation issued by the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Neither written comments nor oral testimony were presented at the August 9, 2012 Public Hearing.


The final paragraph of the head notes of the penalty schedule explains what penalties will be imposed when a respondent fails to appear for a hearing. For most charges, a respondent who defaults is given thirty days from the mailing date of the default order to admit and pay the mail-in penalty indicated on the notice of violation plus a $30 fee. However, there are certain exceptions.


One exception is if the mail-in penalty is the maximum penalty allowed by law. In that case, no late fee is charged.


Other exceptions include charges where the respondent is not allowed to admit and pay the penalty by mail. These charges include more serious violations such as illegal dumping, transfer station violations and improper disposal of medical waste. In those cases, because the full default penalty is charged when the respondent fails to appear for a hearing, no late fee is charged.