DOB Complaints and Violations

What is a Stop Work Order?

A Stop Work Order (SWO) is issued when a DOB inspector observes unsafe work or conditions on a property. While a Stop Work Order may be issued in conjunction with a violation, SWOs are typically seen in the DOB’s system as complaints.

Stop Work Orders can be full (all work is prohibited, except for remedial work needed to make the site safe) or partial (targeting specific types of work or work in a specific area of the site). The type of Stop Work Order is noted at the time of issuance.

Inspectors will conduct surprise visits to sites with active Stop Work Orders, issuing escalated penalties for any work that violates the Stop Work Order.

Failure to comply with a Stop Work Order will result in penalties of $6,000 for the first offense and $12,000 for every subsequent offense

These fines are civil penalties and do not include any penalties assessed at an ECB hearing/associated with a concurring violation


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