Special Magistrate Hearings

Special Magistrate Hearings allow property owners the opportunity to dispute a code compliance case before an unbiased Special Magistrate in a quasi-judicial proceeding. 

The Magistrate will hear sworn testimony from City Code Staff, then the property owner will be given the opportunity to speak and provide photographs, expert reports or legal documents to dispute a violation.

The Magistrates primary responsibility is to determine the existence of a violation of the City's Code of Ordinances. In the event a property is in violation the Magistrate will issue a Final Order. The Final Order will list the violation narrative, a compliance date and the date that a daily accruing fine will start should the property not be brought into compliance.