OATH – Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Decisions Posted on Site:
Appeal Decisions (January 2017- present)

Link to OATH web site 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is the City’s central, independent and impartial administrative law court. OATH has the authority to conduct adjudicatory hearings for all mayoral and non-mayoral city agencies, boards and commissions.

The OATH Hearings Division is staffed by over 250 part- and full-time hearing officers, who annually adjudicate  approximately 300,000 challenges to summonses issued by City enforcement agencies, including the Departments of Buildings, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Protection, Fire, Health, Information Technology and Telecommunications, Parks, Police, Sanitation, Transportation, and the Business Integrity, Landmarks Preservation, and Taxi and Limousine Commissions, among others. OATH Hearings Division Rules are set forth in Chapter 6 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Hearings Division hearings are less formal than those conducted at the OATH Trials Division or at some other City tribunals.  A party may bring an attorney or other representative to the hearing, but most respondents choose to represent themselves.  Hearing officers are authorized to impose a broad range of monetary penalties but do not have the authority to revoke licenses. Most cases carry monetary penalties that are set by law and hearing officers do not have the discretion to alter penalty amounts in those cases where there are set penalties.  There are currently six locations for in-person hearings, one in each borough with two hearing centers in Queens.  Respondents in most cases also have the option of a hearing by mail, hearing online or hearing by phone.

The decisions posted on the Center’s web site are appeal decisions issued by the OATH Appeals Unit on OATH Hearings Division cases.  ECB Appeal decisions that were issued in 2017 through the present are also included.