PARKING CITATIONS MUST BE CONTESTED WITHIN 21 CALENDAR DAYS OF THE ISSUANCE - NO EXCEPTIONS REQUESTS MADE AFTER THIS TIME WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DENIED [CVC Section 40215(a)]
THE CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE PROVIDES FOR A THREE-STEP HEARING PROCESS.
STEP 1 Initial Review:
To contest a parking citation online - www.pticket.com/hb.
To contest by mail - write a letter requesting an Initial Review. Provide the reason you feel the citation was issued in error. Include a copy of the citations and copies of all applicable documentation relating to your appeal. Provide your complete name and mailing address as you will be notified by mail of the result of your Initial Review. Mail your request to:
City of Huntington Beach
PO Box 3646
Tustin, CA 92781-3646
To contest in person - Go to the Huntington Beach Police Department, Traffic Bureau, at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach in person Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.
After the investigation is complete, a notice will be sent through the mail informing you of the findings.
If you are dissatisfied with the findings of the Initial Review, you may proceed to Step 2.
STEP 2 Administrative Hearing:
This process must be initiated within 21 calendar days of the MAILING of the results from Step 1 and requires the full amount of the fine be posted BEFORE you can be scheduled for a hearing. Once posting the full amount of the fine, you will be given a receipt for the money and instructions for appearing, which includes the dates and times of the hearings. Further processing of the citation will be suspended until the date specified on the instructions for appearing.
In lieu of personally appearing before the hearing examiner, the Administrative Hearing can also be conducted by mail, using the Written Declaration form. This form is mailed with the results of the review from Step 1, but can also be obtained at the public counters at the Police Department. The FULL fine MUST accompany the declaration and it must be postmarked within 21 calendar days of the MAILING of the results from Step 1. No receipt will be issued when requesting a hearing by declaration.
The prepayment of fines can be waived only if the person can provide verifiable and substantial written proof of their inability to deposit the full amount due. All requests must be approved by the Traffic Bureau Sergeant or the Bureau Commander.
The hearing examiner will render a decision based on information presented at the hearing, or from information submitted on the written declaration. If you are found not liable, the fine prepaid for the citation will be refunded in about 30 working days. If the full fine was not deposited before the hearing, it is due in full immediately after the hearing if you are held liable for the citation.
STEP 3 Judicial Review:
The decision of the hearing examiner is final for the administrative adjudication process. You do, however, have the right to judicial review at the municipal court. To exercise this right, a request for review must be filed in the Superior Court West Justice Center, Civil Division, 8141 13th Street, Westminster, within 30 calendar days after the mailing or personal delivery of the final decision from Step 2. The court charges a $25.00 filing fee. If the court rules in favor of the contestant, the city must refund the $25.00 filing fee in addition to any and all fines collected for the violations dismissed.
City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
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