Administrative Search Warrants

Informational Memo

Published: August 18, 2020

Administrative Search Warrants
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Understand when and why administrative search warrants are needed in certain circumstances. Learn common situations where a city might encounter administrative search warrant and the basic requirements for obtaining administrative search warrants. Describes concepts of due process, consent, and “plain view” when entering private property for inspection or other purposes.