It’s a three-month program authorized by Mayor de Blasio and the City Council that allows participants to resolve violations they received from New York City’s Department of Sanitation, Buildings, Transportation, Fire Department, Landmarks, Parks or other City of New York (City) agencies and which are now in judgment. The program is run by the New York City Department of Finance (DOF).
No, parking tickets are not part of the NYC Amnesty Program.
The program starts on September 12, 2016, and continues through December 12, 2016. To receive amnesty, you must pay all of your violations that are in judgment on or before December 12, 2016.
Any business or individual who is named on a violation judgment that has been adjudicated by the Environmental Control Board (ECB) may participate. Violations that are part of an installment agreement or other resolution agreement for the payment of ECB judgments with the Department of Finance, a City Marshal, the Sheriff or Law Department or an outside collection agency are not eligible for this amnesty program. Also, any business or individual who applied for the 2009 Penalty Relief Program and who neglected to resolve all of their debt will no longer be eligible for on any violation that was part of the 2009 program.
To qualify for amnesty, you must pay and admit liability for all outstanding violations in judgment that belong to you. By selecting and paying for your violations online via the Amnesty CityPay application on our Amnesty Home Page , you admit liability.
This means the City has taken the legal step of filing a public record of your liability in court for the entire amount due, plus additional interest. The court record gives the City the authority to take your real and personal property under certain circumstances to pay the liability. Only judgments filed in court prior to June 12, 2016, are eligible for the program.
The program covers two types of violations: those that only require payment and those that require both payment and corrective action. If a violation requires only a payment, it is considered a “Schedule A” violation. A violation that requires a condition to be corrected is known as a compliance violation and will be listed on “Schedule B.” You must pay at least 25% of the amnesty amount due for every Schedule B violation that you owe by the end of the program. You then have six months from your initial payment date to correct the violation and pay the remaining balance. You may also choose to pay the entire resolution amount before the end of the program and still have six months to correct.
Below are some of the most common violations:
People or business owners named on violations can search for their violations and pay the amount due under the amnesty program. For judgments where you (the person named on the violation) did not attend a hearing, the amnesty amount due will be the base penalty without additional penalties for failing to attend the hearing (known as default penalties) or interest. If you did attend a hearing, you may resolve your judgments by paying only 75% of the base penalty amount, also without interest (a discount of 25% off the original base penalty amount). To pay these reduced amnesty amounts, you must pay the full amount for all the eligible judgments you owe by December 12, 2016.
Starting on September 12, 2016 you will be able to search for and pay for your violations in judgment, visit the Amnesty CityPay application on our Amnesty Home Page.
For judgments where you (the person named on the violation) did not attend a hearing, the amnesty amount due will be the base penalty without additional penalties for failing to attend the hearing (known as default penalties) or interest. If you did attend a hearing, you may resolve your judgments by paying only 75% of the base penalty amount, also without interest (a discount of 25% off the original base penalty amount). To pay these reduced amnesty amounts, you must pay the full amount for all the eligible judgments you owe by December 12, 2016.
During the amnesty program, the City will reduce certain penalties and waive interest that has been added to the base penalty amounts on violations in judgment under the following conditions:
Under the NYC Amnesty Program, you may only pay for violations in judgment that are in your name, or you must be an authorized representative of the individual or business entity named on the violation. This is the case even if you own, or are buying, a property with violations issued to the prior owner. If you want to pay for violations that are in someone else’s name, please Contact Us, and we will assist you in paying these violations.
An authorized representative is someone who is legally allowed to make decisions for the person named on the violation. For landlords, that person could be an attorney or managing agent. For businesses, that person could be an accountant or broker. For individuals, that person could be a family member or friend who holds power of attorney or has a written statement from the person named on the violation providing permission for the representative to act on their behalf.
Please search for your amnesty-eligible violations by using your unique, 10-digit Amnesty ID. The name of the person named on the violation will appear under the “Debtor” column. You may only pay for violations that are in your name, even if they are listed in your search using your Amnesty ID. If you want to pay violations in someone else’s name, please Contact Us and we will assist you in paying these violations.
Visit the Amnesty CityPay application on our Amnesty Home Page to search and pay.
Violations issued by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for mobile food vending are eligible for amnesty. No other Health Department violations are included in the amnesty law.
Yes, if you are unable to find all of your outstanding judgment violations using a single search, you may continue to search and pay for your violations throughout the three-month program. DOF will send you a list of additional violations if you have neglected to pay for all of the violations listed under your name when you perform a search. You must resolve and admit liability for all the debt you owe to receive amnesty. If you fail to do so, you will not be eligible for the reduced amnesty amounts due on any of the violations, including the violations for which you are making payment.
Contact DOF via nyc.gov/contactamnesty or call 212-440-5300
DOF will only resolve your violations through Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program if you pay for all your eligible violations that are in judgment on or before December 12, 2016. To qualify for amnesty, a person or business named on a violation must pay and admit liability for all their eligible violations. By selecting and paying for your violations online through the Amnesty CityPay application, you admit liability.
DOF will only resolve your violations through the NYC Amnesty Program if you pay 25% of every compliance violation that you owe by December 12, 2016, and correct and pay the balance six months from your initial payment date.
Your corrected violation may appear on Schedule B instead of Schedule A because the Department of Finance may not have received the updated correction information from the issuing agency. If you have corrected the violation, please contact us to learn how to send proof or call 212-440-5300.
please contact us to learn how to send proof or call 212-440-5300. If you are not sure what action to take to correct a violation, you may need to contact the issuing agency as indicated on the violation itself. If you do not have a copy of the violation and need information on the issuing agency, please contact DOF at nyc.gov/contactamnesty or call 212-440-5300.
You may continue to pay for your corrective action violations on the Amnesty CityPay application as long as the correction occurs within six months of your deposit.
Call 311 and ask to be directed to the NYC Department of Finance Collections Division for questions about the Forgiving Fines program.