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

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 $500 per day, 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 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.

Hearing Dates for 2020 at 9:00 AMMagistrate
Tuesday, September 29 - VirtualJose Smith
Wednesday, September 30 - VirtualBeatrice Cazeau
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, November 18
Wednesday, December 16


How to prepare for a hearing

  1. I have received a Notice to Appear. What do I do now?
    Upon receiving a Notice to Appear, contact your Code Compliance Officer to inquire about how to come into compliance with the violation.
  2. What should I bring to the Special Magistrate Hearing?
    Bring photos proving compliance with a previous violation, copies of permits and other documents supporting your case. Example: Bring pictures of painted property, copy of approved permit, letter from insurance company. Bring a notarized Power of Attorney form, if you are here on behalf of the property owner. Power of Attorney from can be obtained from an attorney.
  3. I have been found guilty. What do I do now?
    Consult with your area’s Code Compliance Officer for steps to bring listed violation into compliance.
  4. I have complied with the violation. What’s next?
    Make contact with your Code Compliance Officer so that they may re-inspect the property, take photos and close the case.

About the 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