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Administrative Penalty Program
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Program Administrator

6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Ph: (763) 569-3330
Fx: (763) 569-3360

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Purpose of Administrative Penalty Program
One priority of the City is to maintain a high standard of livability, health, and safety in our residential and commercial neighborhoods. The Administrative Penalty Program is designed to resolve City Ordinance violations outside the Hennepin County court system. An administrative citation is a civil penalty, not a criminal charge. 

Citation Process
If you receive an administrative citation, you may correct the violation and pay the fine or you have the option to request a hearing for the purpose of having a third party determine whether or not a violation(s) of City Ordinance existed. Please note that regulations cannot be changed through the Administrative Penalty Hearing process. 

If you feel you received the citation in error or need information about how to correct the violation, please contact the City employee who issued the citation.

To Request an Appeal
To request a hearing, you must submit in writing your reason for the request, as well as a hearing deposit fee of $20 within 10 days of the citation date.

More Information
Please view the Administrative Penalty Program Brochure.

RFQ Posting

The Community Development Department seeks qualified attorneys that can serve as contract Administrative Hearing Officers for the appeal hearings of administrative citations issued for city code violation(s).  In order to promote objectivity and independence, the City seeks to create a pool of hearing officers and will rotate among individual hearing officers in this pool.  Additional details are provided in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) packet linked below.  Proposals must be received by the City of Brooklyn Center at the Community Development counter at or before 4:00pm April 30, 2018. 

Request for Qualifications

For the

City of Brooklyn Center

Administrative Hearing Officer

A.  Background

The City of Brooklyn Center (“City”), Minnesota is a Charter City under the laws of the State of Minnesota and is run by a council-manager form of government.  The Community Development Department seeks qualified attorneys that can serve as contract administrative hearing officers for the appeal hearings of Administrative Citations issued for city code violations.  To promote objectivity and independence, the City seeks to create a pool of hearing officers and will rotate among individual hearing officers in this pool.  Successful applicants selected by the City will be notified of their selection and with an orientation date. 

B.  Purpose of RFQ

The City is requesting proposals from qualified individuals who can serve as contract administrative hearing officers and provide decision in hearings of appeals to administrative citations. 

C.  Scope of Services

Hearing officers shall preside over hearings related to administrative citations issued for violations of city codes.  Hearings are scheduled when appeals are made to the administrative citation(s) by the appellant(s).  The administrative hearing administrator or designee will schedule the hearing with an administrative hearing officer. 

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Conduct administrative hearings assigned by the City.  The hearing officer will conduct the hearings and shall review documentation that maybe submitted to them by the appellant(s) and/or the City. 

  1. Prepare a written decision and determination of findings on all cases that will be sent to the Administrative Hearing Administrator, in accordance with the time limits and other requirements of the applicable laws and/or administrative regulations. 

  1. All administrative hearings shall be conducted in an independent, objective, fair, and impartial manner and the Hearing Officer shall render his or her decision without any influence from any City employee or official.

  1. All administrative hearings shall be conducted in compliance with Federal, State, and City Code of Ordinances and local regulations, as applicable.

D.  Qualifications

Previous experience as an administrative hearing officer is not required but will be taken into consideration during the selection process. 

The following qualifications are required:

  • Be an attorney in good standing with the State Bar Of Minnesota;
  • Have at least one (1) years of experience in government or municipal law, property law, mediation or arbitration certification;
  • Have no direct relationship with the City; such as live in, an employee for the City, having a relative employed by the City, or being under contract with the City;
  • Be able to perform the Scope of Services and other agreement requirements;
  • Be able to conduct hearing(s) at City Hall located at 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center.

E.  Fee

Per Resolution No. 2010-79 each hearing officer will be paid $150.00 up to two (2) consecutive hearings.  Any additional consecutive hearings would be $$75.00 each.

F.   Proposal Submittal

Please read the entire RFQ before submitting.  By submitting an application, the prospective hearing officer acknowledges the requirements of the RFQ and all documentation submitted will become the property of the City.

Prospective hearing officers intending to respond to the RFQ are required to submit:

  • Cover letter – summarizing their experience and qualifications
  • Resume
  • 2 references

All responses must be submitted in hard copy by mail or in person to:

City of Brooklyn Center

Community Development Department

6301 Shingle Creek Parkway

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

This RFP does not commit the City to award a contract to or pay any costs incurred for any services.  The City, at is sole discretion, reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received as a result of this RFQ or to cancel this RFP in part or in its entirety. 

G.  Questions and Inquiries

All specific questions or concerns regarding the RFQ should be submitted via email to the Administrative Penalty Administrator. 

All questions must be submitted 24 hours prior to the submission date to allow for an adequate response.  Questions not submitted prior to the deadline may not be answered.  All questions will be responded by email. 


H.  Late Proposals

Late Proposals will not be opened or given any consideration.  All proposals will be date stamped upon receipt.  All proposals will be kept in a secure location.

I.     Contract

Individuals selected to be Administrative Hearing Officers will be required to enter into a contract for services with the City.  The Agreement will contain provisions requiring the selected Administrative Hearing Officer to indemnify the City and stating that the Administrative Hearing Officer is an independent contractor.  Provisions will also be included in the contract which allows the administrative hearing administrator or designee to terminate the agreement at his/her sole and entire discretion upon providing notice.