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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) DEP is adopting a new rule, adding a new Chapter 54 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), to govern the siting and storage of hazardous substances stored in portable containers. The proposed rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and section 24-716(b) of the Administrative Code.
The addition of this new rule requires a change to the existing Community Right-to-Know Penalty Schedule, in order to add penalties for 15 RCNY section 41-14 as specified in section 24-713(d) of the Administrative Code.
The current Community Right-to-Know Law Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-104, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this proposed rule takes effect.
The penalty schedule will be moved from OATH Environmental Control Board (ECB) to DEP’s rules. Although OATH Environmental Control Board (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 violations 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 to DEP’s rules will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties.
Finally, the proposed rule relocation 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of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and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. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-104 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
DEP’s authority for these rules is found in sections of the New York City Charter section 1043 and Section 24-713 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Promulgation of Right to Know Penalty Schedule

Location: 
DEP 19th Floor Fishbowl Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 19 Floor
Flsuhing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

DEP is promulgating this rule, to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 53, to establish penalties for violations of Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, also known as the Asbestos Control Program Rules (ACP Rules). The rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-136 and 24-178 of the Air Pollution Control Code.
DEP is making a number of changes to the existing ACP Rules which require changes to the existing Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule. These changes include the addition of penalties for several new sections of the ACP Rules (sections 1-26(b)(4), 1-26(h), 1-26(i), 1-28(f), 1-29(d), 1-38, 1-109(c), and 1-109(d)).
The current Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-110, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this rule takes effect.
DEP did not receive any comments regarding the rule, but is making one change to the penalty schedule to remove section 1-16(a)(3), which has been replaced by section 1-38 in the new ACP Rules.
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 violations 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 to DEP’s rules will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties. Finally, the rule relocation 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.
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. The repeal of 48 RCNY §3-101 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 01/06/2019

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
The Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP” or the “Department”) is proposing rules to amend Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) by adding a new Chapter 56 that would establish penalties for violations of Chapter 5 and 5-A of Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York (Administrative Code), Chapter 19 of Title 15 of the RCNY, and Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY.
The proposed rules would establish the Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule, to be found at a new Chapter 56 of Title 15 of the RCNY. The proposed rules are, in part, needed to comply with the New York City municipal separate storm sewer system permit (NYC MS4 permit), issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on August 1, 2015 pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act.
The NYC MS4 permit requires the City to develop and implement a number of programs to reduce pollutants in certain stormwater discharges to local waterbodies. To that end, DEP has proposed a new Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY, which enables the Commissioner to protect waters of the state by establishing the following two new regulatory programs required by the NYC MS4 permit:
(i) an inspection and enforcement program to ensure that industrial stormwater sources are in compliance with state and local stormwater requirements; and
(ii) a permitting, inspection and enforcement program for covered development projects, as defined in the rule, including requirements for construction and post-construction stormwater controls, standards for such controls, and penalties for non-compliance with the rules and permit conditions.
The proposed Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule is intended, in part, to enforce the program described in (i) above. The program described in (ii) above will have a separate penalty schedule.
The existing Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) at 48 RCNY§ 3-123, will be repealed by OATH ECB on the same day that these proposed rules take effect. The proposed Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule is unchanged from the existing rule, except for additional penalties to enforce the following new sections in the proposed new Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY and Chapter 5-A of Title 24 of the Administrative Code:
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final limits for toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final effluent limits for non-toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit but less than 10x the limit / Unauthorized discharge
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final effluent limits for non-toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit and equal to 10x the limit or greater / Significant unauthorized discharge
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.3 - Refusal to allow inspection/tampering with sampling or testing device
• A.C. 24-573 / 15RCNY 19.1-02.4 - Failure to maintain/submit required record/report
• A.C. 24-585 - Failure to comply with Comm’s Order
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Failure to comply with terms of permit reporting requirements
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Failure to comply with terms of permit other than reporting requirements
• 15 RCNY 19.1-01.4 - Failure to comply with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Providing false or misleading information
• 15 RCNY 19.1-01.4 - Failure to protect against accidental discharge
• A.C. Title 24, Ch.5-A and 15 RCNY Ch. 19.1 - Miscellaneous Administrative Code/Rule violation
• A.C. Title 24, Ch.5-A and 15 RCNY Ch. 19.1 - Any serious Administrative Code/Rule violation
The proposed version of sections 19.1-01 through 19.1-02 of these rules has been published and is expected to be in effect when this penalty schedule goes into effect. These sections relate to the general administration, and enforcement of the industrial and commercial stormwater control program.
Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violations 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 to DEP’s rules 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 relocation 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. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-123 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Subject: 

Promulgation of Penalties for Violation of Sewer Control Rules

Location: 
DEP 19th Floor FIshbowl Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 19 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Department of Environmental Projection (“DEP or the “Department”) is proposing a new Chapter 55 to amend Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) that would establish penalties for violations of Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York. The proposed Chapter 19.1 rules are needed to comply with the New York City municipal separate storm sewer system permit (NYC MS4 permit), which requires the City to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff that discharge to the local waterbodies. The NYC MS4 permit was issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on August 1, 2015, in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act.
Chapter 19.1, which is being promulgated under separate rulemaking, enables the Commissioner to protect waters of the state by establishing two new regulatory programs:
(i) an inspection and enforcement program to ensure that industrial stormwater sources are in compliance with state and local stormwater requirements; and
(ii) a permitting, inspection and enforcement program for covered development projects, as defined in proposed Chapter 19.1, including requirements for construction and post-construction stormwater controls, standards for such controls, and penalties for non-compliance with the rules and permit conditions.

The proposed Chapter 55 penalty schedule is intended to enforce the program described in (ii) above. The fine range is based on the lowest possible permit fee- $3000.00 (1-acre of development) - and the highest allowed by the MS4 legislation. The program described in (i) above will have a separate penalty schedule.

The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and Chapter 5-A of Title 24 of the Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Stormwater Penalty Schedule.

Location: 
DEP 19 Floor Fishbowl Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 19 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
The Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP” or the “Department”) is proposing rules to amend Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) by adding a new Chapter 56 that would establish penalties for violations of Chapter 5 and 5-A of Title 24 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York (Administrative Code), Chapter 19 of Title 15 of the RCNY, and Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY.
The proposed rules would establish the Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule, to be found at a new Chapter 56 of Title 15 of the RCNY. The proposed rules are, in part, needed to comply with the New York City municipal separate storm sewer system permit (NYC MS4 permit), issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on August 1, 2015 pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act.
The NYC MS4 permit requires the City to develop and implement a number of programs to reduce pollutants in certain stormwater discharges to local waterbodies. To that end, DEP has proposed a new Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY, which enables the Commissioner to protect waters of the state by establishing the following two new regulatory programs required by the NYC MS4 permit:
(i) an inspection and enforcement program to ensure that industrial stormwater sources are in compliance with state and local stormwater requirements; and
(ii) a permitting, inspection and enforcement program for covered development projects, as defined in the rule, including requirements for construction and post-construction stormwater controls, standards for such controls, and penalties for non-compliance with the rules and permit conditions.
The proposed Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule is intended, in part, to enforce the program described in (i) above. The program described in (ii) above will have a separate penalty schedule.
The existing Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) at 48 RCNY§ 3-123, will be repealed by OATH ECB on the same day that these proposed rules take effect. The proposed Sewer Control Rules Penalty Schedule is unchanged from the existing rule, except for additional penalties to enforce the following new sections in the proposed new Chapter 19.1 of Title 15 of the RCNY and Chapter 5-A of Title 24 of the Administrative Code:
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final limits for toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final effluent limits for non-toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit but less than 10x the limit / Unauthorized discharge
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Discharge in excess of interim or final effluent limits for non-toxic parameter under SPDES Multi-Sector General Permit and equal to 10x the limit or greater / Significant unauthorized discharge
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.3 - Refusal to allow inspection/tampering with sampling or testing device
• A.C. 24-573 / 15RCNY 19.1-02.4 - Failure to maintain/submit required record/report
• A.C. 24-585 - Failure to comply with Comm’s Order
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Failure to comply with terms of permit reporting requirements
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Failure to comply with terms of permit other than reporting requirements
• 15 RCNY 19.1-01.4 - Failure to comply with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
• 15 RCNY 19.1-02.1 - Providing false or misleading information
• 15 RCNY 19.1-01.4 - Failure to protect against accidental discharge
• A.C. Title 24, Ch.5-A and 15 RCNY Ch. 19.1 - Miscellaneous Administrative Code/Rule violation
• A.C. Title 24, Ch.5-A and 15 RCNY Ch. 19.1 - Any serious Administrative Code/Rule violation
The proposed version of sections 19.1-01 through 19.1-02 of these rules has been published and is expected to be in effect when this penalty schedule goes into effect. These sections relate to the general administration, and enforcement of the industrial and commercial stormwater control program.
Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violations 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 to DEP’s rules 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 relocation 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. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-123 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Subject: 

Promulgation of Penalties for Violation of Sewer Control Rules.

Location: 
DEP 19th FLoor Fishbowl Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd. 19 Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

DEP is promulgating this rule to amend Chapter 47 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), to establish new penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 2 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code), as amended by Local Law 53 of 2018 (LL 53). The rule is authorized by section 1043 of the New York City Charter(Charter) and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code, and is exempt from review under section 1043(d) of the Charter pursuant to section 1043(d)(4)(iii).

LL 53 amends subdivision (d) of section 24-223 of the Noise Code to set enforceable decibel limitations from construction noise. Prior to the enactment of LL 53, violations were not authorized for exceedances of a decibel level unless the responsible party failed to confer with the Department concerning mitigation measures that can be used to reduce noise. In addition, LL 53 authorizes the Department to issue a stop work order if the Department finds that work is being performed in violation of sections 24-223 or 24-228 of the Noise Code, or any rules promulgated thereunder.

Consistent with the above, DEP adopts the following rule amendment.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 10/05/2018

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is adopting a new rule, to be found at Chapter 51 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), to establish penalties for violations of Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, also known as the Asbestos Control Program Rules (ACP Rules). The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-136 and 24-178 of the Administrative Code.
DEP is making a number of changes to the existing ACP Rules which require changes to the existing Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule. These changes include the addition of penalties for several new sections of the ACP Rules (sections 1-26(b)(4), 1-26(h), 1-26(i), 1-28(f), 1-29(d), 1-38, 1-109(c), and 1-109(d)).
The current Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-101, will be repealed by OATH on the same day that this proposed rule takes effect.
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 violations 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 to DEP’s rules 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 relocation 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. The proposed repeal of 48 RCNY §3-101 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
The rule makes no substantive changes to the subject matter that precedes the schedule as set forth in Section 51-02.
DEP’s authority for these rules is found in sections of the New York City Charter section 1043 and Section 24-136 and 24-178 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

PROMULGATION OF AIR ASBESTOS PENALTY SCHEDULE

Location: 
DEP 8th floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 8th Floor Conference Room
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing a rule to amend Chapter 47 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), to establish new penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 2 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code), as amended by Local Law 53 of 2018 (LL 53). The proposed rule is authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code, and is exempt from review under section 1043(d) of the Charter pursuant to section 1043(d)(4)(iii).

LL 53, which takes effect on July 16, 2018, amends subdivision (d) of section 24-223 of the Noise Code to set enforceable decibel limitations from construction noise. Prior to the enactment of LL 53, violations were not authorized for exceedances of a decibel level unless the responsible party failed to confer with the Department concerning mitigation measures that can be used to reduce noise. In addition, LL 53 authorizes the Department to issue a stop work order if the Department finds that work is being performed in violation of sections 24-223 or 24-228 of the Noise Code, or any rules promulgated thereunder.

Subject: 

AMENDMENT OF NOISE CODE PENALTY SCHEDULE.

Location: 
DEP 11th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 11th Floor Conference
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

            Penalties for violations of BIC’s rules that relate to public wholesale markets, the seafood distribution areas, market businesses, labor unions, and labor organizations operating in seafood distribution areas in New York City are currently set forth in OATH’s rules at 48 RCNY § 3-108.  OATH, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Operations, has determined that penalty schedules used in the adjudication of agency rule violations, which were previously promulgated by the Environmental Control Board, should instead be issued by the respective agencies.  The enforcement agencies possess the expertise to adopt appropriate penalties based on the severity of each violation and its impact on public safety.  BIC proposes to incorporate the current Market Penalty Schedule into its own rules.  Simultaneously, under a separate rulemaking, OATH is proposing a companion rule to repeal the BIC penalties currently set forth within the OATH rules.

            Incorporating the penalty schedule into BIC’s rules would make it more accessible to the public, as it will then be included within the same title and chapter as the rules cited in BIC’s summonses.  BIC is also proposing to add penalties to the existing penalty schedule that do not currently appear in the current Market Penalty Schedule.  Finally, this proposed rule would clarify the Commission’s current rules by explaining the penalty schedule and the existence of mail-in penalties.

The proposed amendments would accomplish the following:

Distribute several provisions of the penalty schedule, now found within 48 RCNY § 3-  108, among various sections of Title 17;

● Add text to explain repeat penalties;

● Add text to explain the “mail-in penalties” process;

● Add text specifically enumerating the penalties for failure to register a wholesale seafood business that is operating outside the market area;

● Adjust penalty amounts for several violations; and

● Add penalties to the schedule for violations of 17 RCNY §§ 11-19(a)(3)-(9), (11)-(14), including penalties for:

 

§  Improper disposal of litter, rubbish, or refuse;

§  Public urination and/or defecation,

§  Improper damage, removal, or destruction of property,

§  Engagement/instigation of fight or other disturbance,

§  Commission of injurious act, 

§  Possession of dangerous instruments and/or explosives,

§  Gambling 

§  Sale of prohibited items, 

§  Discharge into tidal water, sewage, or drainage, 

§  Causing damage to or clogging of drains or sewers, and 

§  Disobeyance of lawful order of employee of Commission or City

 

Subject: 

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Location: 
Business Integrity Commission
100 Church Street 20th Floor, Conference Room 1
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

Sal Arrona: sarrona@bic.nyc.gov

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of DOT is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations and highway operations in the City pursuant to Sections 1043 and 2903 of the New York City Charter. The rule that DOT is adding is contained within new Chapter 3 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to DOT’s Penalty Schedule.

The purpose of this rule is to:
• relocate the Department of Transportation (DOT) Penalty Schedule from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB) rules in Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York to DOT’s rules in Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York;
• update the schedule as needed to reflect recently adopted rules and changes to the law; and
• provide clearer, more concise language including by replacing abbreviations ‘w/o’ and ‘s/w’ with ‘without’ and ‘sidewalk’, respectively.

Although OATH/ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, enforcement agencies like DOT have the expertise to recommend appropriate penalties 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 title as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the rule relocation 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 gone through the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) rulemaking 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 to simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. The repeal and relocation of 48 RCNY § 3-124, the current rule containing OATH/ECB’s DOT penalty schedule, was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

In addition to being relocated into Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, the DOT penalty schedule is updated to add new penalties and default amounts for the following: Administrative Code sections 19-151, 19-176.2, 19-191, 19-196 as well as sections 2-07(a)(2), 2-07(b)(2), 2-09(g)(1)(i), 2-11(c)(1)(iii), 2-11(e)(10)(vii), 2-11(e)(10)(viii), 2-11 (e)(12)(ix),
2-20(q)(7), and 4-16 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). These new penalty amounts range from $250 to $20,000.

The descriptions for the following sections are updated to reflect recently adopted language: 2-11(e)(2), 2-11(e)(11)(iv), 2-11(e)(13)(vi), 2-11(e)(16)(iii), 2-11(f)(4)(v). The penalties for these sections have not been changed.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 10/01/2017

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