What is MUNICES?


Municipal Code Enforcement System (MUNICES)

The Village of Andalusia, Village of Carbon Cliff, Village of Coal Valley, Village of Hampton, Village of Milan, City of East Moline, City of Moline, City of Rock Island, City of Silvis and Rock Island County participate in the Municipal Code Enforcement System (MUNICES).

Hearing Violations of Municipal Ordinances Cases

MUNICES hears a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were once heard in the Rock Island County Circuit Court. Having hearings at the Rock Island City Hall in MUNICES court expedites resolutions, reduces litigation expenses, and allows the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses for criminal prosecution. Hearings in MUNICES court are more convenient for residents who wish to contest a ticket or citation.

Civil, Not Criminal

An administrative hearing is a civil (not a criminal) proceeding. Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines. Under the administrative hearing system, a hearing officer - not the city entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation - hears cases brought before the court. MUNICES hears the following types of cases:
  • Building violations
  • Police-issued city ordinance tickets
  • Zoning violations

Initiating a Case

A city inspector, civil service officer, or police officer may issue a ticket or notice of violation of a complaint. A case may also be initiated following a citizen or community complaint.

More detailed information regarding MUNICES procedures is available on the Rock Island County Website.