Code Compliance Division - Special Magistrate Hearings


North Miami Code of Ordinances Chapter 21

The City of North Miami’s code cases are heard by a Special Magistrate.

The Special Magistrate is appointed by the City Council and has the jurisdiction and authority to hear and rule over code compliance matters. The Special Magistrate is a licensed attorney and a member in good standing of the Florida Bar for at least five years.

The Special Magistrate has the authority to subpoena witnesses and records, order rulings on violations, assess fines and order liens to be placed upon property.

Property owners cited by a Code Compliance Officer are given a reasonable amount of time to bring their property into compliance before the case is referred to the Special Magistrate.

After the Special Magistrate has ruled over a case, failure to correct the open code violations may result in fines of up to $1,000 a day for a first time violation and up to $5,000 per day for a repeat violation until such violations are brought into compliance. Failure to comply could result in a lien filed against the title of the property.

If a violation is severe and poses a threat to the life, health and safety of the neighbors, the City will initiate public nuisance proceedings against the property and correct the nuisance at the expense of the property owner.  

 

Special Magistrate Hearings and Times 2018

First Wednesdays – Special Magistrate Christopher Benjamin:

• September 5, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• October 3, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• November 7, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• December 5, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. 

Third Wednesdays – Special Magistrate Beatrice Cazeau:

• September 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• October 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• November 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
• December 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.  

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