The City Council and Department of Health have joined forces to introduce new health inspection rules for restaurants.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced Friday that restaurant owners will now be able to request penalty and grade-free inspections to get advice on how to keep their businesses up to code.
Mark-Viverito said that these changes will reduce restaurant fines by 25 percent.
"Rather than a range in which fines can be levied that was previously quite a wide range, going from $200 to $2,000 that could be determined at tribunal, there will now be a fixed schedule of fines," said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.
"Letter grading was never intended to be a revenue generator for the city of New York," Mark-Viverito said. "The rules will provide much-needed fine relief to the city's restaurants and will show that we can treat restaurants fairly without compromising public safety."
Currently, 88 percent of city restaurants post an A grade, 10 percent post a B and 2 percent have a C.