OATH ECB Proposed Repeal of the Noise Code Penalty Schedule
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
The NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) proposes repealing its Noise Code Penalty Schedule. This schedule is found in 48 RCNY § 3-115, and contains penalties for violations of Title 15 of the RCNY and Titles 10 and 24 of the New York City Administrative Code. At the same time, DEP will enact a penalty schedule for violation of these laws within Title 15 of the RCNY. DEP’s penalty schedule will be located in Chapter 47 of Title 15 of the RCNY. OATH ECB is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules at Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the RCNY so that they can be relocated to the rules of the enforcement agencies with primary rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws that underlie these penalties.
Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies have the regulatory authority and expertise to adopt appropriate penalties to address violation of these laws. In addition, moving the penalty schedule will make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules that contain the substantive violations alleged in the summonses rather than in the OATH ECB schedule. Finally, the proposed rule repeal will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for board approval of penalties that have already been established by the legislature or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency. The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.
Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. This proposed rule repeal was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
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Section 1. Section 3-115 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York is REPEALED.