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.