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ECB Violations How-to avoid- FAQ [in 2021]

ECB Violations


OATH is an acronym for Administrative Trials And Hearings. An OATH violation is issued by the Department of Buildings when a property does not comply with a part of the New York City Construction Codes and or Zoning Resolution. These violations are referred to as OATH Violations OR ECB Violations. While all violations contain an order to correct the conditions cited, OATH violations carry an additional order to CERTIFY CORRECTION. Respondents may challenge their violation at a hearing before the OATH and may face penalties if found in violation.

There are three classes of OATH violations and the most commonly issued violation is the OATH Notice of Violation. Below are the three classes of violations as defined by OATH

  • Class 1 (Immediately Hazardous)
  • Class 2 (Major)
  • Class 3 (Lesser)

To resolve an OATH Violation, the Following steps must be taken:

  • Correct the conditions cited on the violation and certify correction with the Department
  • Admit guilt or attend a hearing at OATH to contest the violation(Due to COVID it is by phone now)
  • Pay any applicable penalties

OATH Summons/Violation Template and Translations

The New York City Construction Codes (Construction Codes) require owners to build and maintain their properties in safe conditions. DOB inspectors issue OATH summonses/violations when a property or construction does not comply with the Construction Codes, the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR), or other applicable laws and rules. Department of Building has published the example of OATH Summons in different languages and made it available to the public to download. Please see the link below and select your language.

Select  your language:

Why it is so important to correct the ECB Violation or Summon?

Open – or uncorrected – violations/summonses can prevent an owner from selling, refinancing, obtaining a new Certificate of Occupancy, or Letter of Completion for their property. Also, uncorrected and open violations can have a negative impact on the value of your property and may result in revenue loss should you want to sell your property. OATH office also adds extra penalty which keep increasing over time if fines are not paid in time.

Where can I find the details about the ECB violation?

OATH violation/summons information is included in the online Buildings Information System (BIS) and appears in property title searches. You can also find out by visiting and searching for ECB Violations. We at NYCVIO, provide free access to the ECB ticket copy from our website.

How Can I resolve the ECB violations?

To resolve the violation, you have two options:

1- Hire an expert. Call us or send us an email and we will be glad to help you.

2- Resolve the violation on your own.

For option 2, the Department of Building aka dob has posted the instructions on their website whose link is posted here. You can visit the link and follow the instructions.

Does OATH or the Department of Building notify me through email if there is any violation issued against my property?

Unfortunately, the answer is Big No. DOB or OATH does not alert the property owner via email. An inspector upon inspection of property issues a paper ticket and leaves it at the site. If you are a property owner who does not live in that property then chances are you may not know about the violation issued against your property. There is a strong possibility that you will notice it even after the ECB court due date is past gone and you default on the violation/summons.ECB court put a maximum penalty on the defaulted tickets.

We at NYCVIO, provide violations tracking for all the violations issued against the property and businesses. We do not charge any fee for that. It’s totally free and always will be free. No credit card is required for registering your building with us. All you have to do is to go to NYCVIO Website and register your building. Once registered you will have access to the dashboard. Enter all the buildings which you are managing. It is that simple, easy, and free. Set it and forget it. Never pay for this violation data report to anyone.

Need to get a reminder about the court date for your OATH violation.

You can do it in two ways.

1- If you know the violation number then you can enter it on a phone number(City agency phone number) and you will be notified about the coming due date. But you need to know the violation number in order to do that. If you don’t have the violation number then this will not work. Please check the link here if you want to read more detail about it and want to learn how to fight the summon.

2- You can register your building and business with us, that is, NYCVIO and we will provide you access to our online tracking system and you will never miss the court hearing date. You do not have to remember the violation number either as you will find it via the online portal/dashboard.

If you are still not satisfied and our explanation is not enough you can reach out to us via email at and we will respond to your request within 24 hours. Please include your name and building address in order for us to find the relevant answer. You can learn more about how it works by subscribing our youtube channel NYCVIO and reading more about our website section, HOW IT WORKS.



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