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To pay your citation, please click here:  Online Parking Citation Payment

Parking & Vehicles

City and State parking ordinances were created to ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike, and as such will be enforced within the City of Berkeley.

Section 21113(a) of the California Vehicle Code authorizes the City of Berkeley to issue parking citations.

Failure to respond to 5 or more outstanding violations may result in the immobilization and or towing of your vehicle under the California Vehicle Code.

Citation Payments

How Can I Pay A Citation?

 Online Payment: You can pay your parking citations at any hour using Online Service Center: Parking Ticket Information .  You will need the citation number issued against your vehicle and your MasterCard or VISA.

Pay by Mail: Mail your parking citation, check or money order payable to the City of Berkeley to:

City of Berkeley 
Parking Citation Processing Center
P.O.Box  54014
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0017

Pay by Phone:  You may pay by using the 24-hour IVR payment line at (866) 226-9288. You will need the citation number issued against your vehicle and your MasterCard or VISA.

Pay in Person: You may also pay your parking citation at the Customer Service Center during business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays.

City of Berkeley
1947 Center Street
Berkeley, Ca  94704

 If you have questions about paying your parking tickets, see Online Parking Citation Payments: FAQs or call Customer Service toll-free at (866) 226-9288.

CONTESTING A CITATION

HOW DO YOU CONTEST A PARKING CITATION?

The City of Berkeley follows the process as established by the State of California to contest a parking citation (California Vehicle Code 40215). 

 Contesting a citation can be a three level process consisting of:

  1. An Administrative Review
  2. An Administrative Hearing
  3. Court Appeal to Superior Court

If you have any questions about how to contest a parking citation or to check on the status of your Administrative Review, please call our Customer Service Office at 1-866-226-9288.

You may not skip either the Administrative Review or Administrative Hearing and file immediately for a Superior Court ruling.

Step One - Administrative Review

  • You must request an Administrative Review in writing within 21 calendar days of citation issuance or within 14 days from mailing of Notice of Violation.  Notice of violations is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  • If you are requesting an Administrative Review of a citation, there is no payment necessary until a final Notice of Decision has been made on your citation
  • Click here to process an Administrative Review Online 
  • Request for Administrative Review may be made by mail or in person at the Customer Service Center at 1947 Center St., 1st Floor, and Berkeley, CA 94704.  To request a review by mail,  download the  Request  for  Administrative Review Form (also available at Customer Service) and mail it to:

City of Berkeley
Citation Processing Center
P.O.Box  54017
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0017

  • Follow these steps when submitting an Administrative Review of your citation:
    • Enclose the original citation or a copy of your citation with your Review request
    • Enclose any evidence as that would assist in your Review, as supporting evidence is required for dismissal.:  Examples include:
      • Disabled Placard and/or ID card
      • Residential Parking Permit holder information
      • Photographs
      • Statements from witnesses
      • Receipts, timecards, medical records or any other documentation that might support dismissal of your citation.
      • Documentation including picture, etc will be retained by the City.
  • Based on your written explanation and supporting evidence provided, the City will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to dismiss the violation or uphold the violation.
  • If the citation is found to be "Not valid," it will be dismissed and you don't need to take any further action. A final Notice of Decision will be mailed to you, 
  • If your citation is found to be "Valid," you have the option of paying the penalty at the original amount or having an Administrative Hearing within 21 days of date of the decision. A  final Notice of Decision will be mailed to you

Step Two - An Administrative Hearing

If you are dissatisfied with the Administrative Review result, you may, within 21 days of the mailing date of the Administrative Review Decision, have an Administrative Hearing before a Hearing Examiner in person or by mail.

Note:  Under California Vehicle Code section 40215(b), you must provide a deposit of the full amount of the parking penalty before a hearing a hearing unless you fill out a Request to Waive Hearing Deposit, supported by your most recent Federal Tax filings or other acceptable documents as described on form.  You may request a Waiver of the Fee form here or by calling 1-866-226-9288.  Hearing deposits can be made by check or money order or in person with a check, money order, cash or Visa or MasterCard.

 

Request to Waive Hearing Deposit

  • The Request to Waive Hearing Deposit form must be completed and returned with the request for in-person hearing before the due date on your Notice of Administrative Review Decision. 
  • Question 1 through 5 must be answered and the Request to Waive Hearing Deposit form signed under penalty of perjury on #7.
  • You must provide evidence to support the household gross monthly income ($37, 400 or less) with either a complete copy of income tax return, a Letter 4506-T from the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) stating you did not file taxes for the year, and/or Proof of Supplemental Security income, Social Security Assistance, Unemployment, Retirement, or Pension Fund payments.
  • Your application and supporting documents will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for a waiver of penalty of hearing deposit and you will receive a response to your request by mail before you appear for your-scheduled In-person hearing or by mail in the case of hearing by mail.
  • If your citation is not dismissed at the In-person hearing or hearing by mail,  payment will be due within 21 days from the date of the decision or the fine will increase.

  

 

 

In-Person Administrative Hearings

To schedule an In-person hearing, please do the following:

  • Detach the payment coupon from the Administrative Review Liable letter and check the box: Hearing in person requested
  • Mail detached coupon with the full amount of the citation as required for the hearing deposit OR an approved waiver of deposit (Check or Money Order)
  • Mail items to:
    • City of Berkeley
    • Citation Processing Center
    • P.O.Box 54017
    • Los Angeles, California 90054-0017
  • The City of Berkeley will process your request and mail you a notice with the date & time of your in-person hearing.
  • A customer does not get to choose the in-person hearing date.  The dates for the hearing are chosen on a first come basis and only available by mail.  (No phone request permitted.)
  • The hearings are usually scheduled three weeks after the request is received and will be within 90 days of the requests for hearing.
  • All in-person hearings will be scheduled on Monday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and Wednesday: noon to 4:00 pm (in 15 min intervals), excluding holidays.
  • The person requesting the hearing must cancel or change the hearing appointment 48 hours before the date and time of the hearing by calling 1-866-226-9288.
  • A person may reschedule the hearing, one time, by calling 1-866-226-9288.
  • The hearing schedule will be posted on the hearing room window at 1947 Center St, 1 day prior to the date of the hearing.
  • If you have questions regarding the hearing please call 1-866-226-9288.

Follow these steps when submitting an Administrative Hearing:

  • It is crucial to the success of your request for dismissal that at the time of your Administrative Hearing you submit all supporting evidence such as:
    • Photographs
    • Witness Statements
    • Any and all other documents in support of your appeal

All documentation submitted will be retained in the hearing file.

You will be notified of the Hearing Officer's determination at the end of the hearing or by mail. (It is suggested that you retain the hearing decision as a receipt for your records.)  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation should be dismissed your deposit will be refunded.  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation will not be dismissed, the deposit paid with your hearing request will be applied to your citation.  If you do not agree with the decision, you may request an appeal to Superior Court (see Step Three). 

 

Administrative Hearings by Mail

A Hearing Examiner will review your Written Declaration and supporting evidence, accompanied by your check or money order for the full amount of the deposit, and a Hearing Decision will be mailed to you.

  • Here also, it is crucial to the success of your request for dismissal that at the time you submit your Administrative Hearing by mail, you submit all evidence such as:
    • Photographs
    • Witness Statements
    • Any and all other documents in support of your appeal

All documentation submitted will be retained in the hearing file.

You will be notified by mail of the Hearing Officer's determination of your Hearing by Mail.  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation should be dismissed, your deposit will be refunded.  If the Hearing Officer determines your citation will not be dismissed, the deposit paid with your hearing request will be applied to your citation.  If you do not agree with the decision, you may request an appeal to Superior Court (see Step Three)

Step Three - Appeal to Superior Court

Note:  According to California Vehicle Code section 40230(a), you may NOT skip the Administrative Review or Administrative Hearing and file immediately for a Superior Court ruling.

If the Hearing Examiner does not dismiss your citation and you wish to continue contesting the citation, you may appeal the decision to Superior Court.  You must request an appeal within 30-calendar days of the date of the Hearing Examiner's decision.  You must file for the appeal in person at the Superior Court.  There is a $25.00 filing fee per citation required by the Court, which will be refunded to you if the judge rules in your favor.

Parking citation appeals may be filed at the address listed below:

Alameda County Superior Court
1225 Fallon St.
Oakland, CA 94612-4219

 Superior Court hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during Court Holidays and Furloughs.

Correctable Citations

Effective August 1, 2009, if citations for registration (CVC 4000A), and equipment (CVC 5204, 5200, & 5201) violations  are corrected within 30 days from the date of the notice of violation  with proof of correction  provided, the penalty amount will be reduced to $10 pursuant to CVC 40225 (C). The $10 correction fee must accompany the evidence of correction, sign-off for which may be obtained from any police officer, Berkeley Parking Officer or DMV official in the space designated on the back of the parking citation or notice of violation. After 30 days from the notice of violation proof of correction will no longer be accepted and the fine must be paid in full.


If your vehicle was timely registered with DMV at the time you received a CVC 5204 or 4000 (A) citation you may be eligible for complete dismissal of the penalty if you provide supporting evidence of your compliance through the Administrative Review process, described on the back of the citation.  


Check List for Correctible Violations

  • Correction must be made within 30 days from Notice of Violation
  • Proof of correction evidenced by signature of any Police Officer, DMV or Berkeley Parking Enforcement Officer
  • Payment of $10.00 (make checks payable to City of Berkeley)
  • Mail proof of correction & $10.00 payment to:
    City of Berkeley, Parking Citation Processing Center

City of Berkeley
Citation Processing Center
P.O.Box  54017
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0017

  • Make checks payable to City of Berkeley

Citations for expired registration CVC 4000 must be signed by a Police Officer, Parking Enforcement Officer or DMV Employee. 

If you have questions about correctible violations, please call Customer Service at 1-866-226-9288.

Parking Citation Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Parking Ticket Payment System allow me to do?
  2. What if I don t have my citation number?
  3. Why isn t my parking citation in the system?
  4. Why won't the website let me pay my citation?
  5. Why does more than one parking citation show? Do I have to pay them all?
  6. How does the Online Parking Ticket Payment System work?
  7. Is online payment secure?
  8. How do I contest my citation?
  9. Why is there an additional online transaction fee of $2.00
  10. When are in-person hearing scheduled?
  11. Can a customer request a specific date for a hearing?
  12. How long does it take to be scheduled once it is requested?
  13. Can a customer request the hearing by phone or online?
  14. What are the procedures for rescheduling and how often can you reschedule a hearing?
  15. When will the hearing schedule be posted?
  16. Where will the list be posted?
  17. What are the most common parking violations and how much are they?

  The most common parking violations are: 

       

 

Citation Code

Violation

Fine

Fine (30 days0)

Fine(49 days

 

14.036.030D(1)

STREET SWEEPING

49

79

129

 

14.36.030C(1A)

NO PARKING SIGN POSTED

64

94

144

 

14.44.020(1)

UNAUTHORIZED PARKING COMMERCIAL

57

87

137

 

14.44020A

OVERTIME PARKING IN COMMERCIAL ZONE

57

87

137

 

14.44.030(1)

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF PASSENGER ZONE

57

87

137

 

14.36.030C1

NO PARKING AT RED CURB

64

94

144

 

14.40.030(1)

1 HR. LIMIT PARKING ZONE OVERTIME

43

73

123

 

14.40.040(1)

2 HR. LIMIT PARKING ZONE

43

73

123

 

14.44.060

NO PARKING TOWAWAY

64

94

144

 

14.52.050(1)

EXPIRED METER

43

73

123

 

14.52.063

NO PAY STATION DMT DISPLAYED

43

73

123

 

14.52.050(PND)

EXPIRED TIME PAY STATION

43

73

123

 

3262-NS-9.12

DESIGNATED PARKING - DISABLE PERSON

278

308

358

 

5200(A)CVC1

MISSING LICENSE PLATES

28

58

108

 

5204 CVC

EXPIRED TABS

28

58

108

 

5204.A CVC

MISSING TABS

28

58

108

 

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