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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

City of New York

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Environmental Control Board

 

Notice of Promulgation of Rule

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED in the  Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) in accordance with Sections 1049-a and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 28-202.1 of the New York City Administrative Code. OATH ECB repeals its Buildings Penalty Schedule, found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), which contains penalties for summonses issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for violations of Title 1 of the RCNY and Titles 27 and 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. DOB promulgated a rule adding the Buildings Penalty Schedule to its rules.

 

The proposed rule was published in The City Record on February 27, 2017, and a public hearing was held on March 29, 2017. Three members of the public attended the public hearing and two members provided testimony.  OATH ECB did not receive any written comments concerning this rule. 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) repeals its Buildings Penalty Schedule, which consists of Buildings Penalty Schedule I and Buildings Penalty Schedule II.  This schedule is found in 48 RCNY § 3-103, and contains penalties for violations of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) and Titles 27 and 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. At the same time, DOB has enacted a Buildings Penalty Schedule within its own rules, which will be located in 1 RCNY § 102-1. 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 agencies with rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws underlying the violations.

 

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violation of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule makes it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the rule repeal speeds up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need forOATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/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 rule repeal was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

 

 

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Section 1. The Department of Buildings Penalty Schedule, found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, is REPEALED.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/10/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

City of New York

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Environmental Control Board

 

Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rule

 

What are we proposing? The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) proposes to repeal its Buildings Penalty Schedule.  This schedule is found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), and contains penalties for notices of violation issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for violations of Title 1 of the RCNY and Titles 27 and 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. DOB is proposing a companion rule adding the Buildings Penalty Schedule to its rules.

 

When and where is the Hearing? OATH ECB will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule. The public hearing will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. on March 29, 2017. The hearing will be in the OATH ECB Conference Room located at 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

This location has the following accessibility option(s) available: Wheelchair Accessible.

 

How do I comment on the proposed rules? Anyone can comment on the proposed rule by:

 

 

 

  • Mail.  You can mail written comments to OATH ECB, Attention: Simone Salloum, Assistant General Counsel, 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

  • Fax. You can fax written comments to OATH ECB, Attention: Simone Salloum, Assistant General Counsel, at 212-361-1900.

 

  • Hearing.  You can speak at the hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling Elizabeth Nolan at 212-436-0708, or you can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins on March 29, 2017. You can speak for up to three (3) minutes.

 

Is there a deadline to submit written comments? You may submit written comments up to 12:00 p.m. on March 29, 2017.

 

What if I need assistance to participate in the Hearing? You must tell us if you need a reasonable accommodation of a disability at the Hearing. You must tell us if you need a sign language interpreter. You can tell us by mail at the address given above. You may also tell us by telephone at 212-436-0708. You must tell us by March 22, 2017.

 

Can I review the comments made on the proposed rule? You can review the comments that have been submitted online by visiting the NYC rules website at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us/. A few days after the hearing, a transcript of the hearing and copies of the written comments will be available to the public at OATH ECB, 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

 

What authorizes OATH ECB to make this rule? Sections 1049-a of the City Charter authorizes OATH ECB to make this proposed rule. This proposed rule is included in OATH’s regulatory agenda for this Fiscal Year.

 

Where can I find OATH ECB’s rules? OATH ECB’s rules are in Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York.

 

What rules govern the rulemaking process? OATH ECB must meet the requirements of Section 1043(b) of the City Charter when creating or changing rules. This notice is made according to the requirements of Sections 1043(b) and 1049-a of the City Charter.

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) is proposing to repeal its Buildings Penalty Schedule, which consists of Buildings Penalty Schedule I and Buildings Penalty Schedule II.  This schedule is found in 48 RCNY § 3-103, and contains penalties for violations of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) and Titles 27 and 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. At the same time, DOB is also proposing to enact a Buildings Penalty Schedule within its own rules, which will be located in 1 RCNY § 102-1. 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 agencies with rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws underlying the violations.

 

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violation of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the proposed rule repeal will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/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.

 

 

New material is underlined.

[Deleted material is in brackets.]

 

Section 1. The Department of Buildings Penalty Schedule, found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, is REPEALED.

 

 

 

 

 

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Location: 
OATH
66 John Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

Elizabeth Nolan, 212-436-0708, Rules_Oath@oath.nyc.gov

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose 

OATH ECB is proposing an amendment to the Department of Buildings (DOB) Penalty Schedule, found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, to continue to promote a zero tolerance policy for safety-related violations and to ensure that penalties for safety-related infractions serve as an effective deterrent.

The proposed amendment to the penalty schedule will add five new infractions and amend two existing infractions:

  • The proposed five new infractions reflect penalties for the broadened range of jobs that require a Construction Superintendent’s supervision and the duties and responsibilities of a Construction Superintendent. The proposed new infractions will allow DOB to effectively enforce the new provisions found in Section 3301-02 of Chapter 3300 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (effective May 30, 2016), and assist DOB in meeting its mission of enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers and making New York City a safer place.
  • The amendments to the two existing infractions increase penalty amounts and clarify the infraction descriptions. Failing to designate or provide a Site Safety Manager or Site Safety Coordinator results in unsafe jobsites that are ill-equipped to handle situations involving public or worker safety. In addition, site-specific safety orientation programs prepare workers to perform their jobs properly and in a safe manner, mitigating hazards related to construction work.
Subject: 

OATH ECB Amendment of Buildings Penalty Schedule

Location: 
OATH ECB
66 John Street, 10th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

Elizabeth Nolan, 66 John Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038, (212) 436-0708

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Effective July 1, 2013, a construction or demolition project requiring a New York City Department of Buildings permit and whose site is enclosed with a fence or contains a sidewalk shed must comply with the signage requirements of Local Law 47 for the year 2013. The purpose of this rule is to clarify existing New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) signage requirements for its permittees so that these requirements do not conflict with the new local law. The rule will achieve this goal by: • Distinguishing between two different signs currently required by DOT: (1) signage along a series of excavations or street openings, and (2) signage for any project with a projected completion time of three months or more; and • Listing the various content requirements for each type of required sign.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014