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Office of Administrative Review

Providing fair hearings for disputes about City fines or administrative decisions.

Office of Administrative Review

Tobacco and code violation hearings: Join at the scheduled time on Mondays and Fridays with meeting ID: 892 8763 5104, passcode: 445457. Identify yourself to access the hearing and confirm attendance.

Speed camera and red light camera hearings: Join at the scheduled time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with meeting ID: 821 0629 5023, passcode: 756613. Identify yourself to access the hearing and confirm attendance.

What we do

The Office of Administrative Review (OAR) reviews cases where residents or business owners disagree with a:

  • Fine.
  • Violation notice.
  • Tax assessment.
  • Other City of Philadelphia administrative decision.

OAR provides an appeal process, administers hearings, and manages the financial aspects of some cases.

  • The Tax Review Board hears taxpayer appeals of all City assessments or bills, except real estate tax assessments and real estate tax principal. A hearing master will hear cases for matters under $50,000.
  • The Bureau of Administrative Adjudication handles Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) appeals.
  • Our Code Violation Unit registers security alarm systems. It also helps enforce excess false alarm violations, sanitation violations, and other City laws administered with code violation notices (CVNs).
  • The Office of Administrative Review also handles appeal hearings for:
    • Red light camera violations.
    • Speed camera violations.
    • Residential parking spaces for people with disabilities.
Taxpayers should first attempt to resolve any billing disputes with the appropriate department. If the dispute cannot be resolved at the department, you can file an appeal by emailing your petition to


100 S. Broad St.
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19110