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The Department of Administrative Hearings is an independent quasi-judicial body. The matters which come before us to be adjudicated relate to the public health, safety, welfare, morals and economic well being of the residents of the City of Chicago.


In furtherance of the City’s COVID-19 response, the Chief Administrative Law Judge has entered the attached General Order 20-1;

Until further order of the Chief Administrative Law Judge motions to set aside the default can be submitted via email.

Please complete the attached MTSA form and email it to or fax to 312.742.8222.

DOAH will then schedule a hearing date on which this motion will be heard and send you notification to your email. Please include a daytime phone number on this motion.


Top Five Frequently Asked Questions

The top five answers to the most commonly asked questions.

The Hearing Process

An overview of steps from receipt of a notice of violation to the final decision of an Administrative Law Judge.

 Paying Administrative Hearings Fines Online

Make online payments for most Administrative Hearings cases.

Contesting Parking Tickets Online

Contest Parking, Compliance, Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement violations online using the City’s new eContest system.

Court Services

A no cost attorney legal advice help desk, sign interpreters for the hearing impaired and foreign language interpretation service for non-English speaking respondents.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact 312.742.8200.


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 Department Main Office

Administrative Hearings

  • Phone: 312.742.4747
    TTY: 312.742.8249
    Fax: 312.742.8248
  • 740 North Sedgwick Street
    Chicago, IL 60654   
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