Some infractions are minor, while others can create dangerous situations resulting in immediate action by the Fire Department or even the issuance of a criminal court summons. Violations may be found during an FDNY inspection or based upon complaints to the City. The following types of violations are issued within the City of New York:
- FDNY Summonses
- Criminal Court Summonses
- Violation Orders
- Vacate Orders
If you receive an FDNY Summons, you have the option of admitting to the violation and certifying correction to the Fire Department. All FDNY Summonses, pursuant to the Fire Department Rules and Regulations require that the respondent correct the conditions that caused the violation and file a Certificate of Correction with the Fire Department stating that all violation conditions have been corrected.
FOR FIRST OFFENDERS, TO AVOID A HEARING AND PENALTY, your completed Certificate of Correction form, including proof of correction, a copy of the FDNY Summons along with all attached supplemental pages, MUST BE RECEIVED AND APPROVED by Fire Department’s Legal Affairs, Administrative Enforcement Unit, on or before the compliance date specified on the FDNY Summons, which is within 35 days of the date of issuance. If the Fire Department does not inform you that it has approved your submission before the scheduled “HEARING DATE,” and has not excused you from appearing at a hearing, you MUST ATTEND the hearing.
FDNY Business User Guide (PDF)
Questions about the New York City Fire Code, call 311 and ask for the FDNY Customer Service Center or send an email to FDNY.BusinessSupport@fdny.nyc.gov.