Respond to Your Summons

You must respond to your summons.  You should respond on or before the hearing date listed on the summons. If you do not, then you will be found “in violation” of the charge by default and a higher fine will be imposed. Below are different ways you can respond to a summons.

     
Pay Your Ticket   Pay Your Summons 
If you are not able or do not want to participate in a hearing or you want to pay a fine, there are several ways you can pay.
     
  If you were issued a summons by the NYC Departments of Sanitation, Buildings, Fire, Environmental Protection, NYPD, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, or a summons issued by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for rodent, pest, mosquito and water cooling towers, the OATH's Summons Finder helps you find information about a summons and the OATH hearing. You can search by name, address or summons number.
     
Hearing in Person   Hearing in Person
You can contest your summons by coming to the OATH hearing at the location, date and time listed on your summons. You do not need an attorney for hearings at the OATH Hearings Division.
     
Hearing by Mail   Hearing by Mail
You can contest your summons by sending the OATH Hearings Division a defense in writing by regular mail.
     
Hearing Online (One-Click Hearing)  

Hearing Online (One-Click Hearing)
You can contest your summons by sending OATH Hearings Division a defense using a simple online form.

     
Hearing by Phone  

Hearing by Phone
You can contest your summons by speaking to an OATH Hearing Officer over the telephone.

     
Reopen a Default  

Reschedule Your Hearing or Reopen a Default
There are several ways you can reschedule your first hearing date or respond to default notices.


Resources
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
(DoITT)

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

Police Department (NYPD)
Department of Sanitation
(DSNY)

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