Administrative Citations are non-criminal tickets issued to individuals who do not correct violations of the City Code. (City Code Section 355 (PDF))
In the past criminal fines and penalties have been the most frequent enforcement mechanism. Unfortunately there are certain negative consequences for both the city and the accused.
- The delay inherent in that system does not ensure prompt resolution.
- Citizens resent being labeled as criminals for violations of administrative regulations.
- The higher burden of proof and the potential of incarceration do not appear appropriate for most administrative violations.
- The criminal process does not always regard city code violations as being important.
What Are Administrative Citations Issued for?
An Administrative Citation can be issued for any violation of the Hopkins City Code. In practice, citations are usually issued for property related violations such as:
- Exterior storage violations involving construction materials, tires, and miscellaneous junk
- Junk cars
- Rental of dwelling unit without a license
- Exterior property maintenance
What Are the Administrative Citation Penalties?
The penalties vary according to the seriousness of the offense. Fines range from $300 to $500 per offense. Fines may double with each repeat offense within 12 months of a prior offense up to $2,000 per violation.
Who Can Issue Citations?
The City Manager is authorized by City Code Section 350.02 (PDF) to designate City employees who may issue citations. These include:
- Building Inspector
- Building Official
- City Clerk
- Code Enforcement Officer
- Fire Chief
- Fire Inspector
- Fire Marshal
- Housing Inspector
- Mechanical Inspector
- Parking Enforcement Officer
- Patrol Officer
- Police Services Liaison
- Public Service Officer
- Reserve Officer
- Sanitation Officer
- Senior Engineering Technician
- Street Superintendent
- Weed Inspector
- Zoning Administrator/Planner