How to Appeal a Citation

Your right to appeal

Parking Violations are not considered a criminal offense and may not be contested through Superior Court without first completing the administrative procedures outlined below. The procedures are established by Section 40215 of the California Vehicle Code.

There are three levels at which a citation may be reviewed:

  1. Administrative Review
  2. Administrative Hearing
  3. Small Claims in the Superior Court


If you are not satisfied with the results at one level, you may proceed to the next level. Each level must be completed before proceeding to the next. To preserve your right to appeal a citation, you must submit your appeal at each level within the timeframe given.


Level 1: Administrative Review

Timeliness. You may request an Administrative Review within 21 days of the citation issue date. Requests submitted after 21 days will not be processed. Your right to appeal will be forfeited, and all fines will have to be paid.

Filing. Click Pay or appeal a citation HERE to file for an Administrative Review. Alternatively, you may contact our Adjudication Office at 805.893.3680 to obtain a handwritten appeal form. Once submitted, an appeal cannot be amended. Appeals are not conducted over the phone or by a personal visit to the Transportation & Parking Services Office.

Written explanation. You will be asked in the Administrative Review to provide a written explanation as to why you are contesting the citation and to provide any documentation to verify or substantiate your explanation.

Decision. The Administrative Review Officer will review your appeal and render a decision, which will be sent to you within approximately 10 business days. If your appeal is denied, you may either continue your appeal at the Administrative Hearing level or pay the penalty. Either action must be completed within 21 days of the Administrative Review results date.

Level 2: Administrative Hearing

Timeliness. If you decide to continue your appeal, you must request an Administrative Hearing within 21 days of the Administrative Review results date. Requests submitted after 21 days will not be processed and will result in a forfeiture of your appeal rights.

Filing. To schedule a hearing, complete the Administrative Hearing Request form, which can be accessed here. Once the form has been submitted,  the citation payment must be received by our office the same business day. If you submit the Hearing Request form online, please make the payment at Pay or appeal a citation HERE.

Alternatively, you can print the form and submit it with your payment in person at the Parking Services office or by US Mail to:

UCSB Transportation & Parking Services
Citation Division
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7005

Make your check or money order payable to UC Regents. To ensure proper posting, write your citation number(s) and vehicle plate number on the face of the check or money order. Please do not send cash.

Payment. Be prepared to pay the full citation amount when you request an Administrative Hearing. Your payment will be refunded back to the original payment method in the event that your appeal is successful at the Administrative Hearing level.

Assembly Bill 1228 (CVC40215b) allows a person to request a hearing without payment of the parking penalty upon satisfactory proof of inability to pay the amount due. A Request for Hearing Waiver form, detailing income and expenses, must be completed and approved by the Adjudications Manager.

Scheduling. To request a hearing in person, enter the day and time on the Hearing Request form that you wish to appear. Administrative hearings are generally held on the second full week of each month, on Tuesday at 9AM and Thursday at 2PM. Appointments are scheduled one to two weeks after the form is received at Parking Services.

Getting to the hearing. Hearings are held in the Public Safety Building on Mesa Road. Allow plenty of time to park and purchase a parking permit, as a permit to park on campus is required at all times. You may find parking in the Public Safety lot, 33 Parking. Other nearby lots are 31 Parking and 30 Parking. The latter two are equipped with short-term parking permit dispensers. Your promptness on the day of your appointment is expected. You will be seen for your hearing in the order of arrival.

Decision. The hearing will be conducted by a trained Hearing Examiner employed by the University Police Department. The Hearing Examiner will personally deliver the results of the hearing once it has concluded. Whether the hearing is conducted in person or by mail, you will receive a Notice of Disposition by mail with the hearing results.

If you are not satisfied with the results of the Administrative Hearing, you may continue your appeal at the third and final level, Superior Court.

Level 3: Superior Court Hearing

Timeliness. If you decide to file an appeal with the Santa Barbara Superior Court, you must do so within 30 days of the mailing or emailing date of the second level Notice of Disposition.

Filing. Please call 805.893.3680 to request a copy of the Level 3 Superior Court Hearing Process  

Payment. The Superior Court requires a $25.00 court filing fee.  This amount is refunded by Parking Services along with the citation amount that had already paid if the hearing be found in your favor.