Types of Hearings
The Administrative Hearings program deals with two main types of fines: Administrative Citations and Special Assessments. Descriptions of both are listed below. See a description of the hearing process.
A citation is issued by a City official for violations of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances and some Minnesota Rules and Statutes. It’s an administrative fine, issued instead of a criminal citation. Generally, a citation follows a notice of violation letter, but they can be issued immediately in certain cases. A citation is appealable by written objection up to twenty-five (25) days after the issue date. Please note that even when an appeal is filed or the citation is paid, the City is able to continue issuing additional citations until compliance is achieved.
There are several types of assessments:
- Citation Assessment - If a citation involving a violation at a specific property is not paid or either stayed or dismissed at a hearing, the City moves to collect the amount, plus ten (10) percent, by adding it to the property’s taxes. Assessable citations include those issued by Housing Inspections Services, Fire Inspections Services, Zoning Enforcement, Construction Code Services, Environmental Management, and Public Works.
- Reinspection Fee - A reinspection fee is issued if a City official conducts a reinspection and finds that the violation still exists. The property taxpayer or rental property contact will receive a bill for the inspection. If it isn’t paid, the City moves to collect the amount, plus $50 for administrative expenses, by adding it to the property’s taxes.
- Nuisance Assessment - If a City official finds that conditions on a property constitute a public nuisance, they may issue a notice of violation requiring correction of the condition. Common nuisance issues include overgrown vegetation, hazardous trees, rubbish, and inoperable vehicles. If the order is not completed, the City may authorize a contractor to correct the condition. At properties where two (2) or more notice of violation letters have been issued in the past twelve (12) months, notice is no longer required. The City moves to collect the amount charged by the contractor, plus an administrative expense, by adding it to the property’s taxes.
- Boarded Buildings Assessment - If a structure is found to be vacant and open to trespass, or is deemed a safety hazard for other reasons, the City can have the structure boarded. The City moves to collect the cost of securing the structure by adding it to the property's taxes.
- Vacant Building Registration Fee - The annual Vacant Building Registration fee for residential and commercial properties is appealable at an assessment hearing. If a VBR fee is not prepaid or dismissed at a hearing, the amount is collected by adding it to the property's taxes. Learn more about VBR fees.
In all cases, the property taxpayer or rental property contact will receive a notice of intent to assess letter and, if they wish to appeal, must file a written objection no later than fifteen (15) days before the hearing date listed in the notice. A special assessment is also sometimes referred to as a levy.
For more information on Administrative Hearings, see Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2: Administrative Enforcement and Hearing Process.
Last updated Oct 18, 2017