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Unveiling NYC Building Violations removal: Comprehensive Guide for Property Owners and Tenants[2023]

NYC Building Violations

In order to rectify a DOB violation on a property record, the necessary action must be taken to address the condition, and evidence of the correction must be submitted to the relevant authority.

NYC Building violation search

To view violations on your property, enter the property detail below and we will find you all the open violations against your property. You can also click on this link to get the details about all violations, complaints, and summons issued against this property for the last 20(+) years.

NYC Building violations tracking

Track your violations issued by NYC agencies such as DOB, ECB, HPD, and FDNY, and get email notifications in your inbox. Never miss the court hearings or due dates. The process is very simple. Create your account and enter your building data and our system will notify you when any violation or complaint issues. Click on the link below to register as a new client if you have not already registered with us.

NYC violations removal services

Need help with your NYC violations or complaints removal: Send us an email and attach your violation copy or just send us the violation number and your contact information and we will gladly reply to you. Send email at

Reclaim Your Peace of Mind: The Ultimate Building Violation Removal Services

Are building violations causing you stress, sleepless nights, and potentially costly fines? It’s time to take action and regain control over your property! Our Building Violation Removal Services are your ticket to a hassle-free, compliant property. Let us explain why you should choose us:

1. Expertise You Can Trust

Our team of experienced professionals specializes in handling building violations. We understand the intricacies of local building codes and regulations like no one else. With our knowledge and expertise, we ensure that your property is brought back into compliance swiftly and efficiently.

2. Speedy Resolution

We know that time is of the essence when it comes to building violations. Delaying the removal process can lead to increasing fines and potential legal issues. Our services are designed to resolve your violations promptly, ensuring that you can focus on what matters most.

3. Avoid Costly Fines

Building code violations can lead to hefty fines, which can quickly add up if left unaddressed. By choosing our services, you not only bring your property back into compliance but also avoid unnecessary financial burdens.

4. Stress-Free Process

Dealing with building violations can be incredibly stressful. From understanding complex codes to navigating the bureaucratic process, it’s a challenging task. We take the burden off your shoulders, making the violation removal process as smooth as possible.

5. Protect Your Investment

Your property is a valuable asset. Ignoring building violations can decrease its value and even lead to potential legal issues down the road. Our services help protect your investment and keep your property in top-notch condition.

6. Local Knowledge

We have an in-depth understanding of local building codes and regulations. Our team is well-connected and familiar with the local authorities, ensuring a seamless and efficient violation removal process.

7. Personalized Solutions

No two building violations are the same. We tailor our services to meet your specific needs, providing a personalized solution that ensures your property is compliant once again.

8. Transparent Pricing

We believe in fair and transparent pricing. You’ll know exactly what to expect from the start, with no hidden fees or surprises along the way.

Don’t let building violations weigh you down any longer. Take the first step towards a compliant, stress-free property by choosing our Building Violation Removal Services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reclaim your peace of mind and protect your investment. Your property deserves the best, and we’re here to provide it.

How to Resolve a Summons or Violation

Do you know that open violations can prevent an owner from selling or refinancing? Inspectors issue Department of Buildings (DOB) Violations or OATH Summonses when property or construction doesn’t comply with the Construction Codes, NYC Zoning Resolution, and other applicable laws and rules as set forth by different city agencies.

To successfully address an OATH summons, you need to rectify any violating conditions and inform the Department by taking one of the following actions:

1. Correct the conditions and submit the necessary forms to the Department’s Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU). Remember, all submissions must include a notarized statement confirming how the violation was rectified, proof of payment (DOB invoice) for all relevant DOB civil penalties associated with the summons (do not send checks), and any supporting documentation (such as photographs, receipts, permits, inspection results, etc.).

2. Admit the violation or attend the OATH hearing to contest it. Failure to attend the hearing or send a representative may result in default penalties of up to $25,000, depending on the summons.

Please note that even if you have paid the penalty imposed at OATH, the violation will still appear as open in the DOB System until you submit acceptable proof that the violating condition(s) have been corrected. (Summonses dismissed by OATH are considered resolved and do not require certification or payment).

What are DOB Violations and how to address them

Attention property owners and interested parties, please be aware that information regarding DOB violations is public and can be found during a property title search. It is important to note that open violations can pose obstacles to selling or refinancing a property. To address this issue, the Department will not issue new or amended Certificates of Occupancy or Letters of Completion until all DOB violations have been resolved. It is worth mentioning that certain DOB violations may carry fines, such as the failure to file required annual boiler or elevator reports. However, it is essential to understand that a DOB violation does not require a court appearance. In serious cases, a Criminal Court summons may be issued and prosecution pursued. To rectify a DOB violation and remove it from the property record, the underlying issue must be corrected, and evidence of the correction must be provided to the issuing unit. For more detailed information on each unit’s location, please visit the Unit Descriptions page on the DOB website. Additionally, any applicable DOB civil penalty payments must be made. To review violations associated with your property, please access the Buildings Information System (BIS), where open DOB violations are displayed without an asterisk next to the violation number. Dismissed DOB violations are marked with an asterisk, denoted as V*7052-18P, for example. For further information on specific DOB violations, detailed records can be found in BIS. In cases where detailed information is unavailable, you may request copies of DOB violations from the issuing unit. Please note that a processing fee of $8.00 per copy for each violation applies, with an additional fee of $5.00 for duplicate copies. Alternatively, you can file a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request through NYC OpenRecords. For guidance on resolving DOB Boiler Violations, Elevator Violations, Façade Violations, and Fire Safety Violations, please refer to the provided instructions. For all other DOB violations, please contact the issuing unit directly for assistance.

How to resolve DOB Boiler violations

To address a violation notice for not filing a periodic boiler inspection report, there are two options for resolution:

1. Provide evidence of compliance by submitting a copy of the filed inspection report for the relevant cycle year.

2. Alternatively, make payment of the appropriate civil penalties to the Department and file a current inspection report in DOB NOW: Safety. The full civil penalties can be found in the Boiler Violation Civil Penalty Reference Chart. Payments can be made through the Violations portal in DOB NOW: Safety. For further details, refer to the July 2020 Service Notice.

If a boiler is removed from a building without being replaced, or if it is deemed unnecessary to file annual inspection reports due to significant changes like building renovation or demolition, a Boiler Removal Notification (OP49) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build within 30 days. This notification should be completed by a licensed professional. Failure to submit the Boiler Notification within the given timeframe will result in monthly late penalties of $50. Any DOB violations issued due to the failure to submit the Boiler Notification within 30 days of boiler removal or jurisdictional status change are the responsibility of the owner.

Some helpful links to understand boiler-related violations remediation.

How to resolve DOB Elevator violations

Where to pay violation fees?

CAT1 and CAT5 violation payments are paid in DOB NOW: Safety. This includes both Failure to File and Failure to File an Affirmation of Correction violation types. DOB NOW: Safety will calculate the penalties owed and contain all elevator violations and inspection report data from the Building Information System (BIS) and DOB NOW.

Local Law 10 of 1981
To address a notice of violation for failure to file an elevator inspection and test report as per Local Law10 of1981, there are two options:

1. Provide a letter and proof of compliance, such as a copy of the filed inspection and test report(s) for the relevant cycle year.

2. Submit payment for the appropriate civil penalties per device to the Department and file a current inspection and test report(s) in DOB NOW: Safety.

This is how the DOB website explains how to pay

To search and pay for a violation, follow these steps:

  • Use an eFiling account to log in at If you need to create an eFiling account, visit
  • Select DOB NOW: Safety and then the Violations portal.
  • From the dashboard select +Violation Search/Payment.
  • Search by Violation Number, Device Number, Address or BIN. When a device number, address or BIN is entered, all active violations will appear along with the amount of the civil penalty due for each violation.
  • Select the violation for which you want to pay. Only one violation can be paid at a time.
  • Click Save. The respondent information on the request is populated from the information found in the eFiling account that was used to log into DOB NOW.
  • Complete the Statements & Signature section and click Save again.
  • Select Proceed to Pay. You will then be taken to the CityPay portal to complete payment.

Violations Dismissal 

Violations issued prior to 2016 are swiftly resolved within 1 to 10 days, taking into account the preferred mode of payment. However, for violations from 2017 or onwards, payment and a valid CAT1 or CAT5 inspection report in accepted status, filed in DOB NOW: Safety, are necessary. Rest assured, once the payment is successfully processed and the violation is dismissed in the Buildings Information System (BIS), you will receive an email notification.

Civil penalty waiver

Most violations for failure to file an elevator inspection report cannot be dismissed without payment of the full civil penalty. In addition, a current elevator inspection report must be on file to clear violations from prior years. If you are a new owner or the elevator has been removed or is no longer required to file you may be eligible for a waiver.

To submit a waiver request, follow the below steps as outlined by NYC DOB.

  • Use an eFiling account to log in at If you need to create an eFiling account, visit
  • Select DOB NOW: Safety and then the Violations portal.
  • From the dashboard select +Civil Penalty Waiver.
  • Search by Violation Number, Device Number, Address or BIN. When a device number, address or BIN is entered, all active violations will appear. Select the device number and then the specific associated violation(s) for which you want to submit a waiver request and press the +Add button. Only one device can be submitted per application and only five violations can be submitted per device. If there are more than five violations on a device, multiple applications will need to be submitted.
  • Select the Waiver Request Reason. See 1 RCNY §103-02 for waiver information.
  • Save the application to proceed. The respondent information on the request is populated from the information found in the eFiling account that was used to log into DOB NOW.
  • Upload any required supporting documentation on the Documents tab.
  • Complete the Statements & Signature section and Save the application again.
  • Select the Pay Now button to submit the payment of $35.00 in the CityPay portal.
  • The last step is to select the Submit button. The request will not be reviewed by DOB staff until the Submit button is selected. Payments made by eCheck will take up to 10 days to be processed. An email notification will be sent when the payment has processed and the request has been sent to DOB staff for review.

An email notification will be sent with the status of the review. If the waiver is granted for all the violations on the device, the violation status in BIS will be updated to dismissed.

Elevator PVT Violation

If the violation is hazardous or was issued for no access to the device or machine room, a Certified Elevator Inspection Company must submit a letter, by mail or in person to the Elevator Unit indicating the corrections made and requesting a re-inspection of the device.

If the violation is non-hazardous, the certified company may itself perform the re-inspection and submit an Affirmation of Correction (ELV29 Form) along with a copy of the violation to the Elevator Unit.

Only PVT companies may submit paper ELV29 Forms. All other Affirmations of Correction are required to be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety.

See the Elevator FAQs and the June 2020 Service Notice for more information. If you need further assistance submit an inquiry at

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How to resolve the Facade violations

To rectify a violation of failing to file a Façade Technical Report (NRF), it is necessary for a Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) to promptly submit the required initial Technical Report Periodic Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances in DOB NOW: Safety. Additionally, the late filing penalties must be paid, which amounts to $1,000 per month for each month that a satisfactory report is not filed, and $5,000 for each year beyond the sub-cycle filing window period that a satisfactory report is not filed.

In the case of a violation for failing to file an Amended Façade Technical Report, the hazardous condition of the façade resulting in an unsafe technical report status must be rectified. Furthermore, a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect must submit an acceptable FISP-amended technical report in DOB NOW: Safety. It is also required to settle any outstanding penalties for failing to correct the unsafe condition, as outlined in the schedule provided in 1 RCNY103-04. This schedule applies to the duration during which no active extension of time request(s) was submitted prior to the submission of the acceptable amended FISP Technical Report.

Civil Penalty Payments

Use the Façade Civil Penalties form to submit civil penalties owed for Cycle 5 or earlier. For Cycle 6 or later, pay civil penalties in DOB NOW: Safety. See the June 2021 Service Notice for more information.

Waiver of Penalties

Use the Facades Waiver of Penalties form to request a waiver of façade civil penalties for Cycle 5 or earlier. For Cycle 6 or later, submit the waiver request in DOB NOW: Safety. See the June 2021 Service Notice for more information.

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Resolve DOB Fire Safety Violations


Local Law 16 of 1984Fire Safety Requirements 

The fire safety requirements in Local Law 16 of 1984 require building owners to notify the Department of Buildings regarding the compliance status of their building by completing a Report of Compliance with Local Law 16/84 Form. The requirements to comply vary depending on the occupancy. The owner must specifically indicate on this form what work has been completed or partially completed to comply with the law.

Submit an original and a copy of the notarized form to the Local Law Enforcement Unit at 280 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007.



Local Law 5 of 1973Fire Safety for High-Rise Office Buildings (Only)

These violations were issued by the New York City Fire Department and may require administrative dismissal by the Department of Buildings.  Requirements vary according to the height and type (central or non-central air conditioning) of the building. The owner is responsible for full compliance with Local Law 5 of 1973; see the PEO4 checklist for more information.

Submit a PER11 form to request an appointment with a Project Advocate to discuss the dismissal process.

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