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Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The New York City Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is proposing to create a new chapter that will include certain provisions of its existing penalty schedule, which is currently found in Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, by moving those provisions into Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York. DSNY also proposes to establish penalties for repeat violations of certain provisions as described in Local Law 75 of 2016.

Currently the penalties for violations of §16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) that pertain to certain types of littering infractions, are found in 48 RCNY § 3-122. The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Environmental Control Board (“OATH ECB”), is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules so they can be relocated to the rules of the enforcement agencies with primary rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws that underlie these penalties. In conjunction with this rule, OATH ECB will remove the penalties for violations of §16-118 that pertain to littering from its rule.

In 2003, a civil penalty of $100 was established for violations of subdivisions (2), (3), (4), (6) and (7) of §16-118. Additionally in 2003, penalties for violations of subdivisions (3), (4) and (6) were set at $250 for a second offense and $350 for a third and subsequent offense within a 12 month period. Defaults for violations of these provisions are set at the maximum penalty that can be assessed. All penalties are within the monetary ranges specified in §16-118.

Local Law 75 of 2016 amended §16-118(1) to establish a new violation for spitting. In addition, Local Law 75 also establishes a specific penalty for public urination. Local Law 75 was passed as part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act, a package of bills passed by the City Council that aims to build stronger and safer neighborhoods by reducing arrests and incarceration. Local Law 75 imposes a fixed penalty of $75 for first time violations of §16-118(1) and 16-118(6), and provides for a range of penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions. The penalties for subsequent offenses of those provisions are fixed at the minimum amounts authorized by Local Law 75. Additionally, the default penalties for all violations found in §16-118(1) and for public urination under §16-118(6) have been set at 150 percent of the penalty imposed, not to exceed $400.

Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, OMB, and the 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 meets the criteria for this initiative.

DSNY’s authority for these rules is found in sections 753 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, and section 16-118 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

DSNY Proposed Rule Relating to Penalties for Littering Offenses

Location: 
DSNY Headquarters
125 Worth Street Room 819
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Madelynn Liguori mliguori@dsny.nyc.gov

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is adopting a new rule to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 47, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code) as amended by Local Law 72 of 2016 (LL 72), as well as violations of 15 RCNY Chapter 28, which governs noise from construction. The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code.

LL 72 amends section 24-218 of the Noise Code by adding a new subdivision (a-1) applying to unreasonable noise violations committed in a commercial context or in certain cases by building owners. The law also amends section 24-257 to change the penalty range for a first offense of section 24-218(a) to $75 to $150, the civil penalty for a second offense within two years to $150 to $250, and the civil penalty for a third offense within two years to $350 to $500. The current penalties for unreasonable noise will now be applicable to violations of section 24-218(a-1).

The current Noise Code Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-115, is not being changed, other than the changes required by LL 72 as described above. OATH will repeal the existing penalty schedule from its rules 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 promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies 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 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 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.
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 §3-115 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 03/24/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing a new rule to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Chapter 47, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Noise Control Code (Noise Code) as amended by Local Law 72 of 2016 (LL 72), as well as violations of 15 RCNY Chapter 28, which governs noise from construction. The proposed rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-204 and 24-257 of the Noise Code.

LL 72 amends section 24-218 of the Noise Code by adding a new subdivision (a-1) applying to unreasonable noise violations committed in a commercial context or in certain cases by building owners. The law also amends section 24-257 to change the penalty range for a first offense of section 24-218(a) to $75 to $150, the civil penalty for a second offense within two years to $150 to $250, and the civil penalty for a third offense within two years to $350 to $500. The current penalties for unreasonable noise will now be applicable to violations of section 24-218(a-1).

The current Noise Code Penalty Schedule, which is located in the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) at 48 RCNY § 3-115, is not being changed, other than the changes required by LL 72 as described above. OATH will repeal the existing penalty schedule from its rules 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 promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies 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 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 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.
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 §3-115 was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.
Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following new Rule, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 47.

Subject: 

DEP Noise Code Penalty Rule

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

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

On May 6, 2016, Subchapter 5 of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the Administrative Code was repealed. The repealed subchapter had set forth fees for the Air Pollution Control Code. A rule was promulgated to replace the fees which had been set forth in the repealed subchapter; however, certain fees were not carried over. The purpose of this rule is to carry over those omitted fees.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 09/05/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

DEP is proposing new rules, to be found at Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”) Chapter 43, to establish penalties for violations of Title 24, Chapter 1 of the New York City Administrative Code, also known as the Air Pollution Control Code (“Air Code”), as amended by Local Law 38 of 2015 (“LL 38”). The proposed rules are authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-105 and 24-178 of the Administrative Code.
LL 38, which takes effect on May 6, 2016, amends Title 24 of the Administrative Code by adding a new Table of Civil Penalties, replacing the existing table, which is found in Section 24-178(b)(5)(i), and simplifies the existing table by establishing four categories of violations, with minimum penalties of $200, $400, $800 and $1600, respectively. The existing table has a wider range of penalties and requires frequent references to accompanying schedules that have been eliminated from the new table.

The existing Air Code Penalty Schedule is incorporated into the rules of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (“OATH/ECB”) published at 48 RCNY§3-102. Because the penalties in the existing Air Code Penalty Schedule do not, in many cases, fall within the range of penalties established by LL 38, a new Air Code Penalty Schedule is being proposed. The new penalty schedule would take effect on May 6, 2016, the same date as LL 38 becomes effective. It would apply as provided by proposed rules of OATH/ECB, which would also repeal the existing penalty schedule, effective the same day.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/11/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

On June 21, 2010, the New York State Legislature amended § 282 of the Multiple Dwelling Law to increase the maximum fine amount that the Loft Board may impose for violations of its rules from $1,000 to $17,500 per violation. The Loft Board is now proposing to amend its penalties for violations of its rules in accordance with § 282 by adding a new § 2-11.1 to Title 29 of the Rules of the City of New York.

 

The rule establishes a fine schedule for violations of the Loft Board rules under § 2-01 (Code Compliance), § 2-01.1 (Reasonable and Necessary Action), § 2-02 (Harassment), § 2-05 (Registration), § 2-07 (Sale of Improvements), and § 2-10 (Sale of Rights) of Title 29 of the Rules of the City of New York, including fines for subsequent violations. Sections 2-01.1 and 2-05 are also being amended to conform to the new fine amounts in § 2-11.1.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 09/11/2013

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Pursuant to § 282 of Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (“Loft Law”), the Loft Board may promulgate rules to ensure compliance with the Loft Law. Section 282 of the Multiple Dwelling Law (“MDL”) also states that the Loft Board may charge and collect reasonable fees in the execution of its responsibilities.

 

Effective as of June 21, 2010, the Legislature amended the Loft Law. To improve clarity and organization, the Loft Board intends to amend § 2-11 of the Rules of City of New York. The proposed amendments are the following:

 

  • Update the fee for filing a challenge to a proposed sale of improvements to conform to the existing fee provided in §2-07;

 

  • Amend the deadline for the application filing fee and the deadline for the request for a waiver of the filing fee. Both the application filing fee and the request for a waiver are now due upon filing the application;

 

  • Provide that the Loft Board may request additional or supporting documentation related to an applicant’s request for a waiver of the application fee; and

 

  • Add headings to subsections.

 

 

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Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed rule changes to Section 2-11 of the Loft Board rules which relate to filing fees.

Location: 
22 Reade St, 1st Floor Spector Hall
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

New York City Loft Board
280 Broadway 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 566-5663

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

 Please see the NYCLB website for the complete text of the proposed rule.