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Administrative Hearing System

In response to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness, particularly among the most vulnerable, the City of Highland Park (“City”) has taken the proactive step of closing all municipal buildings to the public effective March 16, and operating public-facing administrative services in a limited capacity from the Highland Park Police Department. Staff is responding to phone calls and email remotely.

All administrative hearings scheduled in March and April 2020 have been postponed as a proactive step to ensure social distancing and in the interest of public health, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Lake County Department of Public Health.

If you have any questions, you may contact staff directly at (847) 926-1034. Please leave a voice mail and we will respond to you at our earliest ability. If possible, please email at with any questions you may have regarding your scheduled Admin Hearing date.

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 2020 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) business days prior to your scheduled hearing date.

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