This website was established to provide customers with information and assistance with the City of San Bernardino's parking citation process. On the website you will find information on how to:
1. Contest a parking citation
2. Payment options
3. How to correct California Vehicle Code Section 5204
4. Frequently asked parking citation questions.
To contest a Parking Citation
There are three levels that may be involved in contesting a parking citation in the City of San Bernardino.
1. Administrative Review
2. Administrative Hearing
3. Appeal through the San Bernardino Superior Court
If you disagree with a parking ticket you received and would like to contest it, you have 21 days from the date the citation was issued, or 14 days from the mailing of the delinquent parking notice to submit an initial review request.
The request for an Administrative Review is free of charge.
1a. Write out a statement as to why you believe the parking citation was issued in error. Please include any supportive documentation (e.g. pictures or diagrams) to support your statement. A written response will be mailed to you rendering a decision. The response will be mailed within 2 - 3 week.
2a. If you are dissatisfied with the results of the Administrative Review, you may further contest the citation by requesting an Administrative Hearing. Unlike the Administrative Review, State Law requires that you pay in advance all fines that are owed on the citation before you can request an Administrative Hearing. An Administrative Hearing must be requested within 21 days of the date the decision was reached on your Administrative Review Response. If you fail to request the Administrative Hearing within the time allotted, no further action can be taken to contest the parking citation.
In order to request an Administrative Hearing, you must appear at the Traffic Division counter, request a hearing, and post the bail amount. A Customer Service Representative will schedule a hearing date and time for you. Administrative Hearings are conducted twice a month, on the first and third Thursday of each month, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
If you are unable to attend an in-person Administrative Hearing, you may submit a Written Declaration and request that the Hearing Officer render a decision based on the statement you submitted.
If the Hearing Officer determines that you are not liable, the citation will be dismissed and a refund of the bail amount will be issued within 30 days. If the Hearing Officer determines that you are liable, the bail amount previously posted will be applied as payment in full for the citation.
What takes place at an Administrative Hearing
The Hearing Officer will be provided with all the relevant information associated with your case. Information provided may contain the following items:
1. Copy of the citation you were issued.
2. All correspondence that the Parking Enforcement Section has on file that you submitted.
3. Investigation results that were conducted associated with your ticket.
4. Computer system notes on telephone calls made to the Parking Enforcement Section relevant to your citation.
5. Correspondence and notices that were sent to you by the Parking Enforcement Section.
The Hearing Officer will review all information, and listen to your explanation as to why the parking citation should be dismissed. The Hearing Officer will end the hearing once he/she has enough information to render a decision. The results of the hearing will be mailed to you within 15 days from the date of your hearing.
If you are unable to attend the Administrative Hearing on the scheduled date, you may reschedule your hearing prior to the date of the hearing. Administrative Hearings can only be rescheduled one time. If you are not in attendance on the date of your hearing, or rescheduled hearing, you will forfeit your right to further contest your parking citation. To reschedule a hearing please call (909) 388-4969.
Appealing the Administrative Hearing
If you are not satisfied with the Hearing Officers decision, you may further contest the parking citation by appeal through the San Bernardino Superior Court. You cannot appeal a parking citation if you have not first obtained the results from your Administrative Review request and your Administrative Hearing. Both must be performed before you can appeal the parking citation. All appeals must be requested within 30 days from the date of the Hearing Officer's decision.
To file for an appeal, you must do so in person at the San Bernardino Superior Court. The San Bernardino Superior Court is located at: 303 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415. A $25.00 filing fee must be submitted to the court for each citation that you are appealing. If your appeal is granted the San Bernardino Superior Court will obtain your case file from the Parking Enforcement Section of the Traffic Division and will schedule your appeal.
The case file will be used by the presiding judge at the San Bernardino Superior Court for use in rendering a decision on your parking citation. If the Judge presiding over your case renders a decision to dismiss your citation, the $25 filing fee along with your parking fine will be refunded to you.
Parking Citation Payments
Parking citations may be paid in the following ways:
Payments may be made at the Traffic window located at:
San Bernardino Police Department
710 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA. 92410
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
By mail, payment must be made by check or money order. Please make your check payable to the City of San Bernardino. Please do not mail cash.
City of San Bernardino
C/O Parking Citation Service Center
PO Box 11923
Santa Ana, CA. 92711