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Parking Citation Appeal Process

Before you submit an appeal, ensure it includes statements, documents and/or photographs that clearly supports at least one of these arguments:

  1. The violation did not occur
  2. The registered owner was not responsible for the violation
  3. Extenuating circumstances make dismissal of the violation appropriate

When preparing your appeal, making the following claims for dismissal may cause your appeal to be denied:

  • Didn’t know the parking rules and regulations
  • Didn’t know a parking permit was required
  • Thought my permit was valid
  • Accidentally parked in the wrong space
  • No place else to park; lot was full
  • Parked for just a few minutes to…
  • Just picking someone up
  • Running late for…
  • Didn’t see the sign; signage wasn’t clear
  • Someone else had my car
  • Told it was ok to park there
  • Left a note on my car; left the emergency lights flashing
  • Nobody else got a ticket

The levels of the appeal process appear below. Level 1 explains how to proceed through the initial administrative review process. Levels 2 and 3 explain how to advance your appeal if the initial result is unfavorable.

Level 1: Administrative Review

You have 21 calendar days from the date the ticket is issued to submit a written appeal for a first level administrative review (CVC 40215 (a)).

The Office of Citation Appeals Administration only accepts written appeals because we must keep a hard copy on file for auditing purposes.

When reviewing citation appeals, adjudicators primarily base their decisions on these two questions:

  1. Did the citing officer cite in error?
  2. Does the appeal and/or supporting documentation demonstrate that extenuating circumstances make dismissal appropriate in the interest of justice?

You can obtain a citation appeal form:

Include any documentation to support your claim. If submitting online, scan and upload your supporting documents. The Office of Citation Appeals Administration will not return your documents. Keep your citation (ticket) and make a copy of your appeal for your records.

Until adjudicators make a decision, the citation fine is placed on hold and no additional fees are charged.

If your address changes during the review period, contact the Office of Citation Appeals Administration, (858) 534-4356.

You will receive a result letter within 21 days of submitting your appeal. If your letter allows you to submit proof of a valid permit for the day in question, bring your proof in person to the Gilman Parking Structure or Bachman Parking Structure office.

You are responsible for following up on your appeal within 21 days of submitting it for review. Check appeal status online or contact the Office of Citation Appeal Administration, (858) 534-4356, for your appeal results. Have your citation or license plate number ready.

Level 2: Administrative Hearing

If the administrative review is unfavorable, you may advance your case to a second level administrative hearing (CVC 40215 (b)). You may choose between a mail or in-person hearing.

To proceed, complete steps 1 and 2 within 21 calendar days of your level 1 results — the due date appears on your Result of Administrative Review letter:

  1. Pay the original fine. (A fine waiver available if you establish indigent status.)
  2. Schedule your hearing by calling the Office of Citation Appeals Administration, (858) 534-4356, or emailing citation@ucsd.edu.
    1. Hearings are scheduled within a 90 period from the date of the hearing request.
    2. A one-time continuance of up to 21 days may be requested.

An independent, qualified examiner conducts in-person hearings at the Student Services Center the first and third Thursday each month between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If the hearing examiner overturns the first level decision, you will receive a full payment refund. If the hearing examiner upholds initial decision, you have the option to proceed to Level 3 – Civil Appeal.

Level 3: Civil Appeal

California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) allows you to file a civil appeal for a parking citation if you're dissatisfied with the results of your administrative hearing.

Before you can file, you must receive a Result of Administrative Hearing that shows you were found liable.

To further contest the citation, you must file a request with the San Diego Superior Court within 30 calendar days after personal delivery or within 35 days after mailing (Code Civ. Proc. §1031) of the issuing agency’s final decision.

Your request must include:

  • Copy of the Result of Administrative Hearing
  • ORIGINAL Notice of Appeal – Administrative Parking Hearing (SDSC Form #MO-035)
  • ORIGINAL Proof of Service of Notice of Appeal – Administrative Parking Hearing (SDSC Form #MO-036)
  • $25 fee (check or money order) or a completed Request to Waive Court Fees (JC Form #FW-001)

A separate request must be submitted for each parking citation. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to: Clerk of the Superior Court. Requests may be submitted by mail to, or deposited in the court’s Express Drop Box at:

San Diego Superior Court
Attn: Administrative Parking Hearing Appeals
8950 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123-1187
If the civil appeal process finds you are not liable, any amount paid will be refunded, including the $25 filing fee.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Citation Appeal Administration, (858) 534-4356.