Contesting Information

California Vehicle Code Section 40215 allows for the ability to contest a parking citation, provided the citation was issued in error.

1st Level Initial Review

There is no fee to contest your citation at this level.

You can contest the citation in writing within 21 days of the issue date of your citation,

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. Select CONTEST ONLINE, complete and submit the Citation Appeal form.

Appeal by mail:
There is a form available for this purpose: Request for Initial Review form
Submit a letter requesting an Initial Review of the citation, indicate the reason(s) you feel your citation was issued in error, include a copy of your citation or reminder notice and copies of any documentation to support your claim (documents will not be returned). Please include your name, and mailing address so your results can be returned to you.
Mail all information to:
City of Huntington Beach
P O Box 3646
Tustin, CA 92781-3646

Appeal in-person at:
Huntington Beach Police Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA

Any questions?
Call 800 565-0148 M-F 8am - 5pm.

2nd Level Administrative Hearing

If you are dissatisfied with the results of the Initial Review, you may request an Administrative Hearing.

Submit a request for an Administrative Hearing within 21 calendar days of the mailing of your Initial Review Result, indicate your preference for an Administrative Hearing in person or in writing, and 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,

Include your citation or your Initial Review Result letter, your full name and your mailing address (results cannot be mailed without a complete and correct address include suite number, apartment number, zip code, etc.).

Mail all information to:
City of Huntington Beach
P o BOX 3646
Tustin, CA 92781-3646

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

3rd Level Civil Appeal

California Vehicle Code Section 40230(a) allows for 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.

You may file a Civil Appeal at the Court in the jurisdiction in which the citation was issued. The Civil Appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the mailing of the City's final decision,

Upon filing a Civil Appeal, you will be required to pay a filing fee to the court.

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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