Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

Office of Administrative Review

The Office of Administrative Review (OAR) reviews cases where citizens disagree with a fine, violation notice, or other administrative decision made by the City of Philadelphia. OAR provides a consistent appeal process, administers hearings and judgments, and manages the financial aspects of disputed cases.

OAR is made up of four units:

  1. Administration: Provides general support and oversees OAR’s computerized tracking, hearing, scheduling, and case management system.
  2. Code Unit: Registers burglary and robbery alarm systems, and supports enforcement of provisions of the Philadelphia Code regarding false alarm violations, sanitation infractions, and assorted other City laws.
  3. Masters Unit: Conducts hearings for Tax Review Board matters under $50,000, false alarm and code violation notice appeals, real estate lien sale appeals (interest and penalty only), red light camera appeals, appeals for applications for reserved residential parking for residents with disabilities, and emergency medical services billing appeals.
  4. Tax Review Board: Adjudicates taxpayer appeals from all City assessments or bills, with the exception of real estate tax assessments and tax principal. Additional details, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), are available on the Tax Review Board site.

Pay a fine or registration fee

Dispute a fine or code violation

Contact us

Code Unit
P.O. Box 56318
Philadelphia, PA 19130-0318
Phone: (215) 567-2605
Fax: (215) 686-1578

Tax Review Board
Office of Administrative Review
Land Title Building
100 South Broad St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Phone: (215) 686-5216
Fax: (215) 686-5228

Paula Weiss, Esquire
Executive Director
Office of Administrative Review
Phone: (215) 686-5216