OATH Summons/Violation


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, referred to as OATH Violations, are returnable to the OATH. 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.


The most commonly issued violation is the OATH Notice of Violation. There are three classes of OATH violations:

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

To resolve an OATH Violation, you must:


OATH Summons/Violation Template and Translations

The New York City Construction Codes (Construction Codes) require owners to build and maintain their properties in a safe condition. 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. See an example of an OATH Summons/Violation in your language:


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