Administrative Hearing Unit

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Mission

The Administrative Hearing Unit (AHU) hears Administrative Citations issued by DPIE inspectors in the areas of property standard violations for commercial and residential properties, unpermitted construction and Short-Term Rental License violations.

Administrative Hearing Unit

  • The AHU provides an efficient and effective process where violations/citations are abated and enforced faster in the areas of:
    • Property standards (commercial and residential)
    • Unpermitted construction
    • Short-Term Rental Licenses
  • The AHU is comprised of independent hearing officers who will adjudicate Administrative citations issued to properties in violation of Prince George’s County Code.
  • Hearings are usually held within thirty (30) days of the request for an Administrative Hearing. The Administrative Hearing process allows for a quicker adjudication of citations.

How Did I Get This Citation?

Citations can be issued in a variety of ways. If DPIE receives a complaint by a citizen through CountyClick311 or direct communication (phone, email, in person, etc.), DPIE will investigate the matter and issue violation notices and/or citations to the property in order to seek compliance. All citations can be appealed to the AHU within 30 days.

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Administrative Hearing Process

How Does the Hearing Process Work?

To view the Administrative Hearing process by violation category, click on the below images.

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Before the Hearing

  • Upon request by a Respondent, the Administrative Hearing Unit will schedule a hearing. The Respondent must request a hearing within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the citation.
  • It is the responsibility of the Respondent to gather relevant evidence and contact persons needed to give testimony on his/her behalf.
  • Respondents must arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of their hearing time.

During the Hearing

  • At the hearings, the Respondent and the DPIE inspector will present evidence and testimony.  
  • Upon completion of the hearing, the hearing officer reviews the evidence, determines the findings and issues a written decision.
  • If the hearing officer holds the respondent liable, a civil and monetary fine for each citation can be assessed, and the respondent will be ordered to abate/correct the violation.

After the Hearing

  • Parties aggrieved by a decision of the hearing officer may request reconsideration by the hearing unit administrator.
  • The decision by the hearing unit administrator can be appealed to the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County.

Legislative Amendments

Unpermitted Construction and Short-Term Rental Citations are now adjudicated by the Administrative Hearing Unit in addition to Property Standards. 

  • Contractors/homeowners doing work illegally can be cited.
  • Hosts and platforms of short-term rentals can be cited for infractions.

Final Dispositions and Orders for abatement will be issued directly by the Administrative Hearing Unit’s Hearing Officers. A Respondent may ask for a request for reconsideration. If it is denied, the Respondent may appeal to the Circuit County of Prince George’s County. 

Overall, AHU provides a faster adjudicative process and quicker abatement of citations issued for Property Standards, Short-term Rentals, and Unpermitted Construction.

To reference Prince George's County Code, view the Administrative Hearings legislation.

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