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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Administrative Citations, Hearings and Fines

The administrative citation process was established by the City Council as an alternative way to enforce some ordinances of the City Code. Administrative citations are generally issued for less serious violations. The most common violations include:

  • Parking on city streets following a snowfall event of 2 inches or more
  • Parking on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m., from Nov. 1 through April 1
  • Lawn watering between noon and 5 p.m.
  • Lawn watering on the wrong day (odd/even violation)
  • Zoning ordinance
  • Illegally dumping construction and/or landscaping materials in city streets
  • Lawn maintenance/noxious weeds

For more information about administrative citations and the hearing process, call (651) 714-3500.


Fine Amounts

The fine amounts vary by offense and should be handwritten on the front side of the citation. If you receive additional citations within one year, the fine doubles with each subsequent offense. Since administrative citations are issued for less serious violations, they do not appear on driving records or criminal histories. 

Offense Amount Ordinance Reference
Parking violations

 

 

Snowbird/parking on street after 2-inch snowfall $32 Chapter 14, Article 122
No parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., Nov. 1-April 1 $32 Chapter 14, Article 122
Other parking $25 Chapter 14, Article 101
Watering violations

 

 

Watering lawn/odd-even first violation $25 Chapter 23, Article 20
No watering between noon and 5 p.m. first violation $25 Chapter 23, Article 20
Other Violations

 

 

Vicious animal $50 Chapter 5, Article 44
Other animal $25 Chapter 5, Article 27
Recreational fire $25 Chapter 8, Article 3
Use of city parks after hours $25 Chapter 16, Article 40(b)
Deposit of snow or ice in right-of-way $25 Minnesota Statute 169.42
Sump pump discharge creating ice on street $25 Chapter 6, Article 1
Hydrant use without city approval $50 Chapter 23, Article 32
Failure to comply with cross-connection $50 Chapter 23, Article 31
Noise violation $50 Chapter 13, Article 1
Nuisance ordinance $100 Chapter 15, Articles 1-59
Permit not obtained $50 Chapter 6
Tobacco violation by an employee $50 Chapter 11, Article 28
Tobacco violation by a licensee $75 Chapter 11, Article 28
Dumping illegally $50 Chapter 27, Article 29
Erosion control $50 Chapter 7, Chapter 24
Building/plumbing/HVAC/electric code violation $100 Chapter 6
Conditions of approval $50 Refer to planning approval
Grading $50 Chapter 7, Chapter 24
Hours of operation $50 Chapter 13, Article 1
Lawn maintenance/noxious weeds $100 Chapter 15, Article 7
Non-access to meter fee after second notice $50 Chapter 23, Article 43
Property maintenance code $100 Property maintenance code
Septic ordinance $50 County enforcement
Sign ordinance $100 Chapter 18
Unfinished construction project $100 Chapter 6, Article 19
Zoning Ordinance $100 Chapter 24
Public property infringement $50 Chapter 16, Articles 39 and 50
Fire Code violation $100 Chapter 8
Rental license violation $100 Chapter 6
Non-access to meter fee after 2nd notice $50 Chapter 23, Article 43

How to Pay a Fine

To pay a fine for an administrative citation, simply mail a check or money order to:

City of Woodbury
8301 Valley Creek Road
Woodbury, MN 55125

Checks should be payable to the City of Woodbury. Cash and check payments can also be made in person at Woodbury City Hall, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Administrative Hearings

To contest an administrative citation, a request for an administrative hearing must be submitted in writing within seven days of receiving the citation.

Administrative hearings are an informal way to dispute an administrative citation. The hearings take place at Woodbury City Hall. After requesting a hearing, the requestor's name will be placed on a list. Once eight to 10 requests are received, a date and time for a hearing will be established and notification will be mailed. The hearings are brief, requiring 5 to 15 minutes each, and are generally scheduled after 3 p.m. on weekdays. An impartial citizen serves as the hearing officer, who decides whether to sustain, reduce, or dismiss the citation.

Requests for hearings should be mailed to:

City of Woodbury
Attention: Administrative Hearing
8301 Valley Creek Road
Woodbury, MN 55125

At any time prior to payment of the penalty, the person requesting a hearing has the right to withdraw from participation in the administrative procedure. Failure to pay the fine or request a hearing within seven days of receiving the citation may result in the issuance of a criminal complaint, as authorized by law, and the violation shall be processed by the Washington County Court as provided for by Minnesota Statutes.