Special Magistrate


The Gainesville Special Magistrate has jurisdiction to hear violations of the city code of ordinances and reduction and rescission requests of codes, fines and liens. To contact a Code Enforcement Officer concerning a specific case, call 352-334-5030

Regular Meetings:
Second Thursday of each month, 9:00 a.m.
City Commission Auditorium 
First Floor, City Hall
200 East University Avenue

Previously recorded Code Enforcement Board and Special Magistrate Hearings can be viewed by video stream.

Qualification for the Special Magistrate are:

  1. Be an active member in good standing of the Florida Bar with a minimum of five (5) years recent experience practicing law, which experience shall include litigation and administrative hearing experience.
  2. Reside in Alachua County.
  3. Not be an employee of the city or hold any office with the city government, nor hold any other elective or appointive office in the county or state while serving as special magistrate.
  4. Comply with the Code of Ethics of the State of Florida.

To contact the Clerk to the Special Magistrate, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at 352-334-5030.

The City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances is available on-line from the Municipal Code Corporation relating to buildings, electrical code, fire protection, housing code, licenses, plumbing, signs and street graphics, ventilation, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and zoning.

Special Magistrate Hearing Agendas and Minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes page.