NYC Building Violations

by | Aug 31, 2018 | NYC DOB

There are different types of NYC Building Violations: DOB, ECB, HPD, and LPC all issue violations for various reasons. Violations are serious and need to be dealt with. Building violations can result in penalties or even a vacate order on the premises.


NYC Building Violations

Building violations are generally issued for buildings that are unsafe, or not to code, or for work that was done without a permit and or does not conform with building / zoning codes. There are different types of Violations and agencies that issue building violations.


  • DOB Violations
    • Department Of Buildings
  • ECB Violations
    • Environmental Control Board
  • HPD Violations
    • Housing Preservation and Development
  • LPC Violations
    • Landmarks Preservation Commission


Open Building Violations 

Having a building violation can cause problems. First they can come with financial penalties that need to be paid to the city. Violations ca also lead to a vacate or partial vacate order preventing use of the building. You cannot receive a certificate of occupancy with open violations. Open violations will also hinder your ability to sell or refinance a building. They can lead to stop work orders and if you have outstanding penalties you may not be able to get permits for new work without resolving outstanding penalties and fees.

When you recieve a violation you not only have to pay the penalty you must correct the violation.

DOB Violations

A DOB violation is a Department Of Buildings Violation issued by a DOB inspector. These can be for a variety of issues. Information on the violation details is available on the Department Of Buildings Website Building Information System. Some DOB violations can lead to criminal charges.


ECB Violations

ECB violations or Environmental Control Board Violations are serious matters. There is ECB court with hearings for violations. You need to respond to these quickly and come up with a plan to resolve the violations.


HPD Violations

HPD violations are from Housing Preservation and Development. these violations are often for buildings not being maintained or falling into disrepair. Property owners must maintain and keep buildings up to a certain condition. Violations can be issued if you do not keep a minimum standard of care on your property.


LPC Violations

LPC Violations or Landmarks Preservation Commission Violations are for landmarked buildings or buildings in landmarked districts. These are usually  issued for doing work on a landmarked building without a permit or for doing work that does not comply with LPC requirements for Landmarked Buildings.


Buying a Building With Violations

If you are buying a building with violations and past due penalties you can get the penalties waived. We have done this for clients in the past. If you qualify penalties can be waived that were issued to a previous owner. You will still be responsible for rectifying the building violations.


DOB Emergency Declaration

The Department Of Buildings can issue an emergency Declaration on a building that is unsafe. In some issues they can put an order to demolish a building that is structurally unstable or a danger. The City Of New York will demolish your building if you do not when they issue the order. If the demolish it they will send you the bill and I assure you it is cheaper if you do it yourself with a team of professionals. It will be far more expensive if the city does it and charges you.


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Jorge Fontan
Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.

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