OAH: A Minnesota Executive Branch Agency

Minnesota's State Government is divided into three branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.  The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is a quasi-judicial agency in the Executive Branch.

The Executive Branch consists of five constitutional offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General), 24 executive departments, and numerous independent state agencies and semi-state agencies.

OAH's Chief Judge is appointed to six-year term(s) by the Governor.  Chief Judge Tammy L. Pust's appointment began in May, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2019.

OAH Court Services

Once a matter has been initiated, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) offers a variety of services, including, but not limited to, hiring interpreters, court reporters and security, transcribing hearings, mediation and coordinating video conferencing options.

The OAH strives to provide an environment that is accessible and accommodating for all parties. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations should contact the OAH main office at (651) 361-7900 or TDD (651) 361-7878.

OAH St. Paul Location

The main office space for the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is located in the Harold E. Stassen Building at 600 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Stassen Building is part of the Capitol Complex and is also home to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The OAH maintains ten hearing rooms at this location.

Metered visitor parking is available in the 14th Street Lot at the corner of 14th Street and Robert Street or in Lot W at the corner of 14th Street and Jackson Street. The 14th Street Lot only accepts coins. The meters in Lot W accept both coins and debit/credit cards.

OAH Duluth Location

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has a second office located in the Duluth Technology Village (DTV) at 11 East Superior Street, Suite 180, Duluth, Minnesota. The OAH maintains three hearing rooms at this location.

Visitor parking is available in the DTV Ramp. The ramp entrance is located at 14 East 1st Street, Duluth, Minnesota. This ramp is connected to the skywalk.

Municipal Boundary Adjustments

The Municipal Boundary Adjustment (MBA) Unit of the OAH administers and adjudicates the uniform system of municipal boundary adjustments codified in Minn. Stat. § 414. Legal orders are issued for the creation or dissolution of municipal boundaries through incorporation, consolidation, annexation or detachment of land.

MBA staff review and facilitate approximately 250 petitions for boundary adjustments annually. The majority of petitions are from property owners; the rest are from cities and townships. All adjustments affect local government, as well as property owners, and have the potential for conflict or agreement. Consultation and technical assistance on issues relating to municipal boundary adjustments is available.

Beginning immediately, please use the following number when faxing documents to the Office of Administrative Hearings: 651-539-0300. By March 1, 2014 the previous fax number will no longer transmit.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this detail.

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is an independent tribunal within the executive branch. The OAH has three divisions; Administrative Law, Workers’ Compensation and Municipal Boundary Adjustments. OAH judges conduct hearings, conferences and mediations when a state or local law provides the right to challenge a government action through an administrative hearing. OAH strives to provide all parties to a matter, a full and fair opportunity to challenge those actions. Additionally, OAH provides injured workers, their employers, and workers’ compensation insurers with prompt and impartial resolutions of claims for workers’ compensation benefits. The services provided by OAH are an important part of the state’s guarantee of "due process of law."

Disclaimer:  Due to the possibility of unauthorized modification of electronic data, errors in transmission, HTML browser incompatabilities, and other aspects of electronic communication that are beyond the control of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), information contained on this web site should not be considered suitable for legal purposes.  If you need assistance verifying the accuracy of information found on this site please contact the Court Administrator at (651) 361-7900 or Chief Judge Tammy L. Pust at (651)361-7830 or tammy.pust@state.mn.us