Dispute Information

Pursuant to California Vehicle Code Sections 40200.7 and 40215, each person receiving a parking ticket is entitled to participate in a three-stage appeals process. There are no provisions under law to conduct administrative reviews or administrative hearings if statutory time limits for filing are not met. If the time frames are not met, all parking penalties and late fees must be paid.

First Level

  • Must be disputed within 21 days from the date the ticket was issued
  • or 14 days from the date the reminder notice was mailed. If the time frame is not met, you will no longer be given the option to dispute, only the option to pay.
  • If you have paid the ticket, you have waived your right to dispute it.

Second Level

  • You have submitted an Administrative review, received a determination and wish to dispute your ticket further.
  • Must be submitted within 21 days from the Administrative Review determination.
  • You must submit all evidence as a whole that shows that the ticket in question was not validly issued. Such evidence includes, but is not limited to: copies of parking permits; disabled placards; records; documents or testimony of witnesses; photographs of the location where the vehicle was parked showing relevant signs posted or curb striping.

Third Level

  • The third level in the appeals process is to appear in the Court of the county where the parking ticket was issued. You must file the appeal within 30 days of the Hearing Examiner's decision. To request a Court appeal, you must contact the Parking Management Bureau at 1-800-700-4417. The Court requires a filing fee to process an appeal.

For additional information on disputing a parking ticket, please visit pmbonline.org.