N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law Section 71-1711
Willful violation of health laws


A person who willfully violates or refuses or omits to comply with any lawful order or regulation prescribed by any local board of health or local health officer, is guilty of a misdemeanor; except, however, that where such order or regulation applies to a tenant with respect to his own dwelling unit or to an owner occupied one or two family dwelling, such person is guilty of an offense for the first violation punishable by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars and for a second or subsequent violation is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.


A person who willfully violates any provision of this chapter listed in section 71-1701, or of titles 17 through 21 inclusive of this article, or any regulation lawfully made or established by any public officer or board under authority of such provisions, the punishment for violating which is not otherwise prescribed by such provisions or any other law, is punishable by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or by both.

Source: Section 71-1711 — Willful violation of health laws, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ENV/71-1711 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

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Sep. 22, 2014

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