Contesting a Parking Citation
There are three levels
that may be involved in contesting a parking ticket issued
in the City of Los Angeles. The three levels are prescribed
by the California
Vehicle Code with the intention of providing citizens
with an opportunity to contest parking tickets that were
issued to their vehicles.
Initial Review Request - 1st Level
If you disagree with a parking ticket you received and would
like to contest it, you have 21 days from the date the ticket
was issued, or 14 days from the mailing of the Delinquent
Parking Notice to submit an Initial Review Request.
The request for an Initial
Review is free of charge. You may place an Initial Review request online.
Hearing - 2nd Level
If you are dissatisfied with
Review results, you may further contest the ticket by
requesting an Administrative Hearing. Unlike the initial
review request, California Vehicle Code Section 40215 requires
that you pay in advance all fines that are owed on the ticket
before you can request an Administrative Hearing. Administrative
Hearings must be requested within 21 days of the date the
decision was reached on your Initial Review Request. If
you fail to request the Administrative Hearing within the
prescribed time you will forfeit the right to a hearing.
Here for more information to request an Administrative
Hearing. You may make an online request for an Administrative Hearing.
Payment Waivers are available
for citizens whose financial situation qualifies them as
a very low income household.Click
Here for more information to request a Payment Waiver.
Appealing the Administrative
Hearing – 3rd Level
If you are not satisfied with the Hearing Examiner decision,
you may further contest the parking ticket by appeal through
Angeles Superior Court. You cannot appeal a parking
ticket if you have not first obtained the results from your
Initial Review and your
Hearing. Both must be performed before you can appeal
the parking ticket. Furthermore, appeals must be requested
within 30 days from the date of the Hearing Examiner’s
Here for more information to file an Appeal.