How do I appeal a parking ticket?
How you fight a parking ticket depends on whether it’s an official PCN or a ticket from a private firm – we have full guides on dealing with both:
If you’re complaining to a council, there are a number of grounds for appeal, such as signs being wrong or there being an error on the ticket, full details of which are in the guide.
But even if you’re not able to appeal on these grounds, you may be able to appeal if there were mitigating circumstances when you were given a ticket – for example, if your car was broken down or you were too ill to move your car.
If you decide to fight a council parking ticket, the first stage is to appeal – informally first, if the ticket was put on your windscreen, and then formally to whoever issued the ticket, usually the council. It’s only after this, if your appeal is unsuccessful, that you can go to an independent adjudicator – which for England outside the capital and Wales is the TPT.
There’s no charge for going to the TPT, though in a very few extremely rare cases the tribunal can award costs to a council if it rejects your appeal and thinks you’ve made a “frivolous, vexatious or wholly unreasonable” appeal. But fighting your case beyond the stage of an informal appeal means you won’t be able to pay the ticket at half-price, so you need to weigh up the risks – see Is it worth appealing? for full help.