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Administrative Hearings

The goal of administrative hearings is to help expedite cases and relieve the burden on the court system. Nuisance Abatement staff performs city advocacy and coordinates the following administrative hearings at the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services:

Hearing Agenda, Dates and Case Status

Bi-weekly hearings for High Weeds and Grass as well as Inoperable Vehicle cases are held on Tuesdays, and hearings for Environmental cases are held monthly at the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services. Morning hearings begin at 9:00 AM, with sign-in beginning at 8:00 AM. Afternoon hearings begin at 1:00 PM, with sign-in beginning at 12:00 PM.

The below links provide access to a list of 2018 general hearing dates, instructions on finding your specific hearing date and case status, and the current hearing agenda.

Unsafe Building Hearings

​Unsafe Building Hearings are conducted pursuant to the Indiana Unsafe Building Law (Ind. Code 36-7-9) and Chapter 537 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County by the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services. The Indiana Unsafe Building Law provides the City of Indianapolis the authority to issue orders requiring the repair or demolition of an unsafe building. Orders will specify both the nature of the work that must be completed to achieve compliance under the law and the timeframe in which the property owner has to make the repairs before a hearing is conducted by the Hearing Authority. The person to whom an order is issued, any person with a substantial property interest in the property, and any other person with an interest in the proceedings are entitled to appear at the hearing, with or without legal counsel, to present evidence, cross-examine opposing witnesses, and present arguments. At the hearing, the Hearing Authority may affirm, modify, or rescind the order. If the Hearing Authority affirms the order and finds there has been a willful failure to comply with the order, a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $5,000 may be imposed. If the person to whom the order was issued fails to appear, the matter will be determined in his/her absence and a civil penalty may be imposed.
 
Orders may be issued requiring action relative to any unsafe premises, including:
 
  • Sealing an unsafe building against intrusion by unauthorized persons;
  • Repair or rehabilitation of an unsafe building to bring it into compliance with standards for building condition or maintenance required for human habitation, occupancy, or use by a statute or ordinance;
  • Removal of part of an unsafe building; or
  • Removal of an unsafe building.

Hearing Agenda, Dates and Case Status

Bi-weekly hearings for Unsafe Building cases are held on Tuesdays at the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services. Morning hearings begin at 9:00 AM, with sign-in beginning at 8:00 AM. Afternoon hearings begin at 1:00 PM, with sign-in beginning at 12:00 PM.
 
The below links provide access to a list of 2018 general hearing dates, instructions on finding your specific hearing date and case status, and the current hearing agenda.