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An administrative citation is a tool used to enforce appropriate provisions of the Alhambra Municipal Code, county, and state codes without criminal arrest or prosecution.
Reasons for receiving an administrative citation include but are not limited to:
Administrative Citations can be found online in the Alhambra Municipal Code Chapter 1.13 which is under Title 1 - General Provision.
If the violation is a matter of public health and safety, you may not receive a warning but in most cases, prior warning is provided along with a compliance date. If the violation(s) is not corrected by the compliance date then you may be subject to an administrative citation.
Fines for General Code Violations are as follows;
Fines for Building and Safety Code Violations are as follows;
There may be fine amounts that differ as adopted by City code or ordinance or mandated by a State, County, or Federal law which can be legally imposed.
The responsible party must pay the designated fine, or file an appeal within 10 days of the date of issuance of the citation. Paying the fine does not relieve you from correcting the violation; the violation must be corrected for the case to be closed, and prevent receiving additional citations.
Citations are not payable at City Hall. Payment must be made in full within 30 calendar days of the date of issuance of the citation. Payment is to be made in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or personal check. Do not send cash. Check should be made out to the: City of Alhambra. Please indicate the citation number on your check. Payment may also be made online by credit card at the Citation Processing Center website or by calling 800-969-2058. Please use a personal envelope to mail payment to the address list on the front of the citation.
Checks should be mailed and made payable to:City of AlhambraC/O Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 7275,Newport Beach, CA 92658-7275
Payment may also be made online by credit card at the Citation Processing Center website or by calling 800-969-2058. Citizens can pay or get general information on their citations 24/7 through an integrated voice recognition phone system as well as speak with a live customer service representative Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm (excluding holidays).
Consequences of Failure to Pay the Fine and Correct Violations:
Citations may be appealed by submitting a written request for an administrative hearing. The Request for Administrative Hearing must be received within ten days of the date of issuance of the administrative citation. The Request for Administrative Hearing form is on the back of the citation issued to you. Complete the Appeal of Administrative Citation form found online and email it to Code Enforcement or mail to:
City of AlhambraC/O Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 7275,Newport Beach, CA 92658-7275
Yes. A person seeking an administrative hearing may request a hardship waiver of the monetary fine by filing a request in writing with the City Clerk's office, which must be signed under penalty of perjury. The request must be submitted along with the request for a hearing. The person requesting the waiver bears the burden of establishing that such person does not have the financial ability to make the deposit. Complete the Advanced Deposit Hardship Waiver Request form found online and email it to Code Enforcement or mail to:
The Development Services Director will evaluate the request for a Hardship Waiver and make a decision within 3 days of receiving such request unless extended. The Director's decision is final. You will be notified by telephone, facsimile, or pursuant to Section 1.13.030. If the waiver is denied then you will need to pay the fine prior to the hearing, otherwise, no hearing will be conducted. If it's approved then you will be notified of the hearing date, time, and location.
The person appealing the citation, or his/her attorney, will appear before a Hearing Officer. The Hearing officer will consider all of the testimony, witness statements, and evidence submitted at the hearing before rendering a decision. The Hearing Officer must issue a written decision within five business days after the hearing unless otherwise extended by the city, to uphold the order and deny the appeal, or modify the order. The hearing officer must identify and describe the reasons for that decision. The hearing officer will use preponderance of evidence as the standard of evidence in deciding issues. The decision of the hearing officer will be final. So if the Hearing Officer determines no violation existed, the person charged will not be responsible for the fine based on the circumstances. If the Hearing Officer upholds the findings then the person charged is required to pay the fine as designated by the Hearing Officer and correct the violation.
Once the person appealing the citation has received the Hearing Officer's Decision and is not satisfied with the Decision then it may be appealed by filing a petition for judicial review pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code Section 53069.4. The person appealing the citation must file this petition with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Courthouse, within 20 days of receiving the written decision from the Hearing Officer. The Court will then notify you of the hearing date and time.
Alhambra Courthouse150 West Commonwealth AvenueAlhambra CA 91801
An administrative citation is a civil citation not punishable by jail and does not appear as a criminal record.