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If I am appealing or sending a payment, who do I address the letter to?
City of Miami Hearing Boards
ATTN: Chief of Hearing Boards
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33130
 

How can I obtain a list of board members?
Go to Legislative Hub and click on "Offices and People".
 

How can I communicate with or provide letters to board members?

All materials any quasi-judicial board considers to base its decision on is given at a hearing held in the sunshine. It is preferable that the public communicate with members of the board by attending a public hearing and placing comments or documents on the record.

If someone who cannot attend a public hearing has a letter for members of the board, then they may opt to send their authorized representative to the public hearing with copies to distribute to the board members and the clerk of the board. The letter(s) becomes a part of the public hearing record if the letter(s) is entered into the record at the public hearing,

Board members may choose to not read letters sent to them prior to a public hearing in order to avoid any ex parte communication. A disclosure, known as the Jennings Rule (Jennings v. Dade County , 589 So.2d 1337- Fla. 3rd DCA 1991), is required of any board member who has received any documents, or other communication, regarding a quasi-judicial item outside of the public hearing held in the sunshine.

How can I obtain hearing dates?
Click on "Events" and conduct a search under "Hearing Boards".
 

How can I request a copy of a video?
Call the Office of Audiovisual & Broadcasting Operations at 305-250-5444 or at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

If I want to make a payment, who do I make the check payable to?
Please make all checks payable to the City of Miami.
 

How do I know if I need to go through the public hearing process?
Before you begin, you must see one of the zoning inspectors on the 4th floor or call 305-416-1499 for a zoning referral.
 

How can I obtain a list of the public hearing fees?
Download the application you need, which contains information on fees, or go to Municode, Chapter 62, Sec 62-22, Schedule of Fees.
 

What information or documentation will I need to present for a public hearing?
Once a zoning inspector tells you what application you will need, just click and download the application. Inside, you will find a list of what documentation you will need to present in order to file a complete application.
 

Where can I get copies of City Commission backup documents, resolutions and ordinances, and how many years back is this information available?
Go to Legislative Hub and do a search, or if the item is on a recent agenda, click on "Meetings and Events" and find the agenda date. Adopted Legislative files have been available since October 2003 until present.

Remember, the City Commission meets twice a month, the first meeting is the "Regular" meeting and the second is the "Planning and Zoning" meeting. Also, Planning and Zoning items are usually on Part B of the agenda.


Who needs to register as a lobbyist with the City of Miami?
City of Miami Ordinance No. 11469, codified in Chapter 2, Article VI of the Miami City Code states that any person who receives compensation, remuneration or expenses for conducting lobbying activities needs to register as a lobbyist with the City Clerk, prior to engaging in lobbying activities before city staff, boards, committees and the City Commission. A copy of the ordinance is available in the Office of the City Clerk (Miami City Hall). You can register at the City Clerk's Office located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133. For questions, please call 305-250-5360.

Where could I get Class I Special Permit, Waiver, Class II Special Permit and Warrant information from?
Class I Special Permits and Waivers are handled by Zoning at 305-416-1499 or on the 4th floor. Information on Class II Special Permits or Warrants can be obtained from the Land Development Division at 305-416-1400 or the 3rd floor.


How do I find what my property's zoning district is?
The interactive GIS online application will provide the latest zoning information on any City of Miami property.  A video tutorial is available for beginners.


Who do I contact if I want to know what my property's land use designation is?
The interactive GIS online application will provide the latest zoning information on any City of Miami property.  A video tutorial is available for beginners. ou need to contact Planning at 305-416-1400 or on the 3rd floor

How do I make a complaint about a violation?
Filing a complaint is anonymous and you should dial 311.
 

How do I appeal a Uniform Civil Violation Notice (Ticket)?
In order to appeal a Uniform Civil Violation Notice (Ticket), you must submit a letter addressed to our department requesting to appeal the violation within 10 days of the official notice date.

The letter must include the Uniform Civil Violation Notice number, your name, your mailing address, a contact number, and the location of the violation as it appears on the Uniform Civil Violation Notice.
 

How do I clear a lien?
First, you have to determine what kind of lien it is. If the lien pertains to a code enforcement case, you must contact the inspector to issue an Affidavit of Compliance.  You then have the option to request a mitigation hearing to attempt to reduce the fee.  After the hearing, the Office of Hearing Boards will process the fee and issue the Release of Lien.

If the lien pertains to a Uniform Civil Violation Notice (Ticket) or a code enforcement case after the fine has been mitigated, payment can be submitted to this office along with the lien number to obtain a Release of Lien.

How do I request a mitigation hearing or a hearing to request an extension of time?
These hearings can be requested by calling 305-416-2030.


What types of violations does Hearing Boards handle?
All code enforcement violations and nuisance abatement violations; except, solid waste, trash citation, lot clearing and demolition violations.
 

How do I get information regarding:

a) Solid waste violations/liens:  Office of Code Enforcement at 305-416-2137.
b) Trash citation violations/liens: Office of Code Enforcement at 305-416-2137.
c) Lot clearing violations/liens: Office of Code Enforcement at 305-416-2137.
d) Demolition violations/liens: Building Department at 305-416-1191.

 


Contact: HearingBoards@miamigov.com
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