Civil Hearing Office

The Hearing Office hears proceedings for civil violations of a state statute, county code, ordinance or resolution.

Hearing Office Procedures


  1. A Code Enforcement Officer is authorized to issue a Complaint to a Respondent for a violation of Pinal County Rabies and Animal Control Ordinance 050510-ACC, Pinal County Development Services Code ("PCDSC") Title 2 - Zoning or PCDSC Title 6.
  2. Respondent must be properly served with a copy of the Complaint or waive service of the Complaint and submit to the jurisdiction of the Hearing Office. A Respondent can download a Waiver of Service form from the website and forward a signed copy of the waiver to the Hearing Office to avoid personal service of the Complaint.
  3. A Respondent may dispose of the Complaint prior to hearing by submitting an Admission Form to the Hearing Office with the accompanying fine or agreement to abate the violation.
  4. A Respondent who chooses to have a hearing must appear on the date and time listed on the Complaint and present evidence and/or witnesses at that time.
  5. A Hearing Officer will listen to the evidence provided by the County and Respondent and determine whether the Respondent violated the cited statute, code, ordinance or resolution. The Hearing Officer may also assess fines and/or require abatement of the violation.
  6. The Hearing Officer may enter a default judgment against a properly served Respondent who fails to appear for hearing.
  7. The County or Respondent may appeal the Hearing Officer's Decision. Appeal rights may be found in the Pinal County Civil Hearing Office Rules.


  1. You may plead responsible and pay the fees and fines. The Civil Hearing Office Clerk will supply the amount due. Paying fees and fines does not relieve the owner or responsible party of the responsibility to abate the violation. Additional fees and fines may be imposed if the violation is not brought into compliance.