Welcome to the OATH Hearings Division

OATH is the City’s central independent administrative law court; it is not part of the state court system. The OATH Hearings Division is the division of OATH that is responsible for holding hearings on summonses issued by a variety of agencies for alleged quality of life summonses. These types of hearings were traditionally called Environmental Control Board (ECB) hearings.

In this section of the website you will find information specific to hearings conducted on summonses issued by the NYC Departments of Sanitation, Buildings, Fire, Environmental Protection, NYPD, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, as well as summonses issued by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for rodent, pest, mosquito and water cooling towers. OATH also receives summonses from some other smaller enforcement agencies, such as the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and Business Integrity Commission.

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Contest Fire Department (FDNY) Summonses/Notices without Having to Attend the ECB Hearing in Person

If you received a summons/notice from the Fire Department (FDNY) that charges an "Inspection and Testing" violation (a charge of Violation Code 20 on your summons/notice) or "Failing to prevent an unnecessary or unwarranted alarm" (a charge of Violation Code 12 on your summons/notice), you can have your hearing over the telephone instead of appearing in person at an ECB office. Hearings by Phone provide you with the ability to state your defense by speaking to a hearing officer over the phone and allow you to submit evidence to the hearing officer during the hearing via email. If you want to have a Hearing by Phone, please call (212) 436-0777 before your scheduled hearing date to set up a time for you to speak to a hearing officer over the telephone.

Quick Links

OATH Hearings Division - ECB Hearings Data
Find useful statistics and data about the type of cases filed by City enforcement agencies and the outcome of hearings at the OATH Hearings Division.

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ECB Hearings OpenData Portal
ECB Board Meeting Calendar
Legal Resources
Appeal Decisions
Hearings Division Rules
Glossary of Legal Terms

Ticket-Issuing Agencies
Business Integrity Commission (BIC)
Department of Buildings (DOB)
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Fire Department (FDNY)
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)
Department of Parks
& Recreation (DPR)

Police Department (NYPD)
Department of Sanitation

Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)