Environmental Control Board

The Environmental Control Board (ECB) Hearings Division is a type of court called an administrative tribunal. It is like a court, but is not part of the state court system. At OATH's Environmental Control Board, Hearing Officers hear cases on potential violations of the laws that protect the City’s quality of life.

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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 ECB Tribunal Data
Find useful statistics and data about the City agencies that send ECB tickets, the types of cases filed by these enforcement agencies, and the outcome of hearings at ECB.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about hearings at ECB and how to respond to a ticket from a City agency.

In the News, Events and ECBNotes section, you can find a selection of ECB announcements.

Sign-Up for ECB Notes
ECB Hearings OpenData Portal
ECB Board Meeting Calendar
ECB Legal Resources
ECB Decisions

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)