If a property owner, taxpayer, or rental contact wishes to dispute a citation or special assessment, they may file a written objection. A written objection may be mailed, emailed, or submitted in person at the Minneapolis Development Review counter. Citation hearings are set in a cycle, and a notice of hearing will be sent once the appeal is processed. Special assessment hearings have a predetermined hearing date noted in the notice of intent to assess letter. Respondents are afforded one (1) opportunity to reschedule either type of hearing, for any reason.
Administrative Hearings are presided over by administrative hearing officers. These individuals are attorneys in private practice, are not employees or representatives of the city, and have no personal interest in the outcome of the hearing. An opportunity is provided to ask questions of the City’s representatives, and Respondents are then able to present their side of the case. All testimony is given under oath. Photos and documents are admissible as evidence, but a copy should be provided for the file.
The program is designed for Respondents both represented by and not represented by attorneys. If you wish to bring an attorney to represent you, you should notify the City well in advance of the hearing date so that the City is able to bring an Assistant City Attorney.
- Administrative Citation – At an administrative citation hearing, the administrative hearing officer will consider a variety of factors including the violation history, severity of the violation, and the timely compliance of the Respondent. The administrative hearing officer has the authority to issue subpoenas. The City may, at its discretion, seek to collect the actual cost of enforcement in addition to the amount listed on the administrative citation.
- Special Assessment – At a special assessment hearing, the hearing officer will consider procedural factors, and in the case of a nuisance assessment, the facts surrounding the contractor action. If the special assessment is based on an unpaid citation, please note that the administrative hearing officer cannot consider the facts of the citation.
For more information on Administrative Hearings, see Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2: Administrative Enforcement and Hearing Process.
Last updated Mar 27, 2017