Parking Appeal Process

The full extent of the appeals process can be confusing for some. This page looks to explain all the possible options there are to appeal right until the final London Tribunal stage.

There are 2 ways you can be issued with a Parking fine:

1) The Penalty Charge Notice fixed to your windscreen.
2) The Penalty Charge Notice served in the post known as Notice to Owner.

How does it affect the appeal route?

The only difference in the appeal route is that if the Penalty Charge Notice is fixed on the windscreen you get one extra round of appeal, known as an Informal Appeal. Everything thereafter is the same.


Penalty Charge Notice issued on windscreen ONLY

OPTION A: Informal Appeal
When receiving the PCN on the windscreen you have 28 days to make an informal appeal by following the instructions on the ticket.

Its important to note this is not part of the formal enforcement process, Enforcement Authorities are not obliged to consider it.

OPTION B: Ignore
You have the option to completely ignore this notice if you wanted to. You will not be penalised in anyway. This is the process.

If after 28 days you do not pay or appeal, you will be issued with a Notice to Owner. This now means the keeper of the vehicle is liable regardless of who was driving.

The Notice to Owner is served by post.

Penalty Charge Notice served in the post

Whether you received the Notice to Owner; which is the next stage in the process of receiving a windscreen PCN (as explained above) OR receiving the PCN in the post for the first time, it is now the same process for here on.

OPTION A: Formal Appeal
You have 28 days to lodge a formal appeal to the Enforcement Authority regarding your ticket. If you appeal within 14 days, you are more likely to still get the discounted rate if rejected.

However, if you are planning to go all the way, then it is highly recommended to submit the appeal on the final day of the 28 day period. It proved to be a winning tactic within this case study.

OPTION B: Ignore
DO NOT IGNORE. You cannot ignore the PCN at this stage, if you do the council will peruse a County Court Judgement against you to recover the money.

Formal Appeal Rejected: Notice of Rejection received

London Tribunals
The final stage of the appeals process is through the London Tribunals.

When you are rejected at the Formal Appeals (stage 2) the Enforcement Authority will issue a Notice of Rejection. With this they should provide a Notice of Appeal Form which is the paper form to send off your appeal via post. They should also provide a Verification Code to enable you to appeal online rather than the postal option. If they have not provided any of these then contact the Enforcement Authority.

You must appeal within 28 days.


Grounds of Appeal

For example, the contravention did not happen as stated on the Penalty Charge Notice or the prohibition was not properly signed.

For example, you had sold the vehicle before, or bought it after, the date of the alleged contravention.

For example, the vehicle was improperly parked after being stolen.

For example, you are being asked to pay the wrong amount for the penalty charge.

Where the hire firm have supplied the name and address of the hirer.

For example, failure to observe any requirement of the enforcement law, such as a breach of a time limit.

The Order creates the contravention. If you want to see it ask the Enforcement Authority.

This only applies when the Enforcement Authority sent the penalty charge notice to you by post because they say that someone prevented the civil enforcement officer from issuing the penalty charge notice at the scene. (This cannot apply where a penalty charge notice has been sent by post).

If you have already paid the penalty charge notice, but still getting persued by the Enforcennt Authority