What we do
The Office of Administrative Review (OAR) reviews cases where residents or business owners disagree with a fine, violation notice, tax assessment, or another administrative decision made by the City of Philadelphia. OAR provides a consistent appeal process, administers hearings, and manages the financial aspects of some cases. Our office is made up of four units:
- Administration: Oversees the tracking, hearing, scheduling, and case management system.
- Code Unit: Registers security alarm systems and supports the enforcement of excess false alarm violations, sanitation infractions, and assorted other City laws administered with Code Violation Notices (CVNs).
- Masters Unit: Conducts hearings for red light camera violations, Code Violation Notices, Excess False Alarm Fines, and for Tax Review Board matters under $50,000.
- Tax Review Board: Hears taxpayer appeals of all City assessments or bills, with the exception of real estate tax assessments and real estate tax principal.
100 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19110