Special Magistrate Hearings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Agendas and Minutes before July 2019

View Agendas and Minutes after July 2019

About the Hearings

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.

Hearing Dates for 2020Magistrate
Wednesday, January 15Beatrice Cazeau
Wednesday, February 19Christopher Benjamin
Wednesday, March 18 CANCELEDJose Smith
Wednesday, April 15 CANCELEDChristopher Benjamin
Wednesday, May 20 CANCELED
Beatrice Cazeau
Wednesday, June 17 CANCELED
Jose Smith
Wednesday, July 15 CANCELED
Beatrice Cazeau
Wednesday, August 19
Christopher Benjamin
Wednesday, September 16
Jose Smith
Wednesday, October 21
Christopher Benjamin
Wednesday, November 18
Beatrice Cazeau
December 16Jose Smith


Code Compliance Officer Citation

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.

Fines

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.

Code of Ordinance

View the North Miami Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21.