Check Whether DOB Violation Was Properly 'Served' on You

When the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) hits you with a violation, it must first deliver a violation notice to you. There are some strict rules the DOB must follow in this delivery, which is legally known as “service” of the notice. Sometimes, though, the DOB makes mistakes and doesn’t follow the service rules. You can use the DOB’s failure to follow these rules to get the violation dismissed by the Environmental Control Board (ECB), the agency that hears cases involving these violations—and avoid an expensive fine.

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