After you file an appeal, you'll attend your hearing.
The decision maker at an administrative hearing is an administrative hearing officer. They're attorneys in private practice, and aren't employees or representatives of the city.
At the beginning of the hearing, the clerk reads an advisory notice that explains the process and the rights and responsibilities of the City and the Respondent. Both sides are sworn in.
The City has the burden of proof, which means that it's their responsibility to prove their case, and they present first. You can then ask questions of the City’s representatives. After you're done questioning the City, or if you don't have any questions, you can present your side of the case.
You can submit photos and documents, but you're responsible for providing a copy that can be shared with the hearing officer. If you have questions about how to submit your evidence, contact Administrative Hearings staff.
The hearing officer will make a decision about your appeal at the end of the hearing, or after the hearing. You'll receive the decision notice and a copy of the decision in the mail within two weeks. Learn more about understanding decisions.