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Administrative Hearing System

According to Chapter 38 of the City Code of Highland Park the City has established an Administrative Hearing System to enforce and adjudicate violations of City Ordinances and Code provisions.  An administrative hearing is similar to a court proceeding although it is far less formal and different rules apply.

For a complete guide to the City of Highland Park’s Administrative Hearing System, you may download the Citizen’s Guide here.  Please click here for the 2017 Hearing Schedule.

If you received a ticket, have requested a hearing or received a Notice to Appear please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appearance.  Hearings are held on the 2nd floor of City Hall located at 1707 St. Johns Avenue.  You may park in the parking lot directly across from City Hall on Hazel.  Please be prepared to pay any fines that may be imposed by the Hearing Officer that same day; if all fines are not paid within 90 days, your information will be sent to Credit Management Control, the City's Collection Agency, and you will be responsible for all amounts due along with an assessed collection fee. 

If you are unable to attend the hearing, would like to request a continuance or need more information, please contact Blanca Berlanga at (847) 926-1030 or  If you are requesting a new hearing, please contact the Code Enforcement Administrator at least five (5) days prior to your scheduled hearing date. 


I lost my ticket what should I do?

I need special accommodations during the hearing-what should I do?

If I pay my ticket now do I still need to attend the hearing?

I am unavailable to attend my hearing date-can I reschedule?

I am unhappy with the Hearing Officer's decision-what can I do?

What happens if I don't pay?

I would like to contest my red light camera violation but am unable to attend the hearing what should I do?

What should I wear to the hearing?

Do I need an attorney?

Where should I park?

I missed/forgot about my hearing-what happens now?

How long will attending the hearing take?

When do I have to pay my fine by?

What happens if I am unable to pay?

How do I request certified copies of the written Findings, Decision & Order issued?

I am a student and will be away at college during my hearing date, what can I do?

I am a minor-how will this affect my permanent record?

Can my parents attend the hearing in my absence?

Why is the City sending Administrative Hearing tickets to collections?

I was ticketed awhile ago, why is this going to collections now?

Can I just pay at City Hall?

Can I get on a payment plan or make installment payments?

Will the agency settle with me for a reduced amount?

How do I get in touch with the collection agency?