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Contesting Information

California Vehicle Code Section 40215 allows for the ability to contest a parking citation issued by the City of Burlingame, if  the citation was issued in error. The following instructions must be followed in order to contest.

1st Level – Administrative Review

There is no fee to contest your citation at this level. You may request an Administrative Review by following the instructions below:

  1. To submit an appeal online, close this window and return to the previous window. Enter your citation number and press SEARCH. If your citation qualifies for an appeal, a CONTEST ONLINE link to the contesting form will appear to the right of the citation number.
  2. You can contest the citation in writing within 21 calendar days of the issue date of your citation,

  3. Indicate the reason(s) you feel your citation was issued in error,

  4. Include copies of any documentation to support your claim (documents will not be returned),

  5. Include your citation or reminder notice,

  6. Include your full name,

  7. Include your mailing address (results of the agency’s decision cannot be mailed without a complete and correct address – include suite number, apartment number, zip code, etc.)

  8. Mail all information to:
    City of Burlingame
    P. O. Box 9003
    Redwood City, CA 94065-9003

  9. An Administrative Review Officer will review the citation and make a determination of liability.

If you are found not liable during the Administrative Review process, any amount paid will be refunded.

As an alternative, you may request an administrative review by calling 650-777-4100 Ext. 195 within 21 calendar days of the issue date of your citation. Keep in mind, this number is not for complaints and/or questions; it is only for Administrative Reviews.


2nd Level – Administrative Hearing

The amount of the citation must be paid in order to contest your citation at this level. You may not request an Administrative Hearing unless you have received a Result of Administrative Review and have been found liable. (An Administrative Hearing is an appeal of an Administrative Review. The hearing is conducted by an independent hearing officer appointed by the Office of Parking Violations.) There is no fee to contest a citation at an Administrative Hearing.

If you are dissatisfied with the results of the initial review (Administrative Review), you may request an Administrative Hearing by following the instructions below: 

  1. Submit a request for an Administrative Hearing within 21 calendar days of the mailing date of your Administrative Review Result,

  2. Indicate your preference for an Administrative Hearing in person or in writing,

  3. Remit payment for the full amount due on the citation. Payment may be made online prior to your hearing request or you may submit a check or money order by mail with your request for an Administrative Hearing,

  4. Include your citation or your Administrative Review Result letter,

  5. Include your full name,

  6. Include your mailing address (results of the agency’s decision cannot be mailed without a complete and correct address include suite number, apartment number, zip code, etc.)

  7. Mail all information to:
    City of Burlingame
    P. O. Box 9003
    Redwood City, CA 94065-9003

Notice of the Administrative Hearing Process is given on the response provided from the Administrative Review, and a location is given in that response for indicating that an Administrative Hearing is desired. When the request is made, you will be contacted by the Office of Parking Violations to schedule a hearing.

To request a waiver of the penalty prior to an Administrative Hearing, you must have already completed the first level of your appeal (Administrative Review). For more information about inability to pay your citation click here.


3rd Level – Civil Appeal

California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) provides you  the ability to file a Civil Appeal for a parking citation if you are dissatisfied with the results of your Administrative Hearing. You may not request a Civil Appeal unless you have received a Result of Administrative Hearing and have been found liable. The following instructions must be followed in order to file a Civil Appeal:

  1. If your citation remains unpaid due to a previous request for a waiver of the penalty, you must pay your citation in full to the issuing agency prior to filing a Civil Appeal;
  2. You may file a Civil Appeal in the Small Claims Division of the San Mateo Superior Court located at 800 N. Humboldt Street, San Mateo, CA. The Civil Appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the mailing of the final decision by the Administrative Hearing officer;

  3. Upon filing a Civil Appeal, you will be required to pay a filing fee to the court. Additional information is available at the Court's Website at http://www.sanmateocourt.org/.

If you are found not liable during the Civil Appeal process, any amount paid will be refunded (including the filing fee).

 

 

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