General FAQs - Parking Tickets
Where can I find my parking citation number?
Your citation number is located on the top right corner of your ticket. For more information on how to read a parking citation, click here.
Where can I find my parking citation number on an official courtesy notice letter?
Click here to find out more information on reading an official courtesy notice.
Why can’t I find my citation online?
If your citation was issued within the last (1) to (2) weeks, you may not be able to view or pay it online until it is entered into the parking citation system. Citation entry may take up to (2) weeks. If you cannot locate your citation on the website, misplaced your original citation/courtesy notice, need additional information, or are experiencing difficulties accessing the website, please contact Code at (760) 943-2299.
How do I make a payment on a parking ticket?
Parking tickets can be paid online, by mail, or in person. Pay online or mail check or money order payable to the "City of Encinitas." Do not mail cash. Mail to: City of Encinitas Code Enforcement, 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. Please put your citation number on the Check and/or money order. You can also pay in person at Encinitas City Hall Finance Department.
Why is the online penalty amount different from the original citation?
Failure to remit payment within twenty-one (21) calendar days from the date of the original citation or fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the official courtesy notice will result in double fees to your citation. To find out if you have any delinquent parking citation fees, contact Code at (760) 943-2299.
How do I request a Indigent Person payment plan per CVC 40220?
The City of Encinitas offers a Payment Arrangement Program for Indigent Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s) who owe unpaid parking citations of amounts $500.00 or less.
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 68632, a person is defined as indigent if his or her monthly income is equal to, or less than, 125% of the current federal poverty line, or if he or she receives assistance from any of the programs listed below:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- California Work Opportunity and Responsible Kids Act (CalWorks)
- Federal Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or California Food Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
- County Relief, General Relief (GR) or General Assistance (GA)
- Cash Assistance Program for Aged, Blind and Disabled Legal Immigrants (CAPI)
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 40220, the Indigent Payment Plan provides the option to pay a parking citation(s) in up to $25.00 monthly increments and shall be paid off within 24 months of the Payment Plan approval date. Upon approval, a non-refundable Payment Plan fee of $5.00 will be assessed to the total Payment Plan amount and all late fees and penalties shall be waived. Waived late fees and penalties may be reinstated if the person falls out of compliance with the Payment Plan.
Is there a surcharge for making online payments?
Yes. If paying for a parking citation online, you will have to pay a surcharge of $3.50.
What is a DMV registration hold?
A DMV registration hold may be placed on your vehicle if the responsible party failed to make full payment on a parking citation(s). A DMV registration hold will prevent the responsible party from registering or reregistering the vehicle until all fees have been paid in full. DMV holds are removed within 72 hours after payment is remitted for all delinquent parking citations. To find out if you have a DMV hold, contact Code at (760) 943-2299.
What do I do if the vehicle described on the ticket is not mine?
Bring the citation along with a copy of your vehicle registration to the City of Encinitas Code Enforcement at 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.
What do I do if I forgot to put my handicapped placard up?
You may bring in a copy of your placard, your placard registration receipt, and a picture I.D. to City of Encinitas Code Enforcement at City Hall. In lieu of paying the fine, an administrative fee of $25, per California Vehicle Code 40226, will be imposed.
How can I submit my proof of correction?
The California Vehicle Code (CVC) requires that an authorizing agent inspect the vehicle cited and sign off on the ticket acknowledging proof of either of the following: a VALID DMV registration, month/year tabs, and/or front/rear plates. Your valid registration, plates and tabs MUST be displayed properly and in accordance with the CVC during sign-off. A photocopy of any of the above, including smog check VIRs, online receipts and registration renewal notices/paid renewal fees will NOT be considered sufficient proof of correction. Proof of correction MUST be submitted in person to the Code Enforcement at 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Please note: Responsible parties receiving sign-offs at the Sheriff’s Department may be charged a separate and/or additional fee from the City’s fee.
How do I ask for an initial review of a ticket?
To request a review of a parking citation, fill out the "Initial Review Request" form and mail it to City of Encinitas, Attention: Code Enforcement, 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.
How do I contest an initial review decision?
If you do not agree with the results of the initial review, you may request to bring your citation before a neutral hearing examiner for either a personal conference or a determination by mail. You must pay all your citation fees and submit an administrative hearing request form to City of Encinitas, Attention: Code Enforcement, 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Where do I send my request for review or hearing?
City of Encinitas, Attention: Code Enforcement, 505 S Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.
How long do I have to request an initial review of my parking citation?
All requests for review must be filed within twenty-one (21) calendar days from the date of the citation or fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the official courtesy notice.
How long do I have to request an administrative hearing?
All requests for administrative hearings must be filed within twenty-one (21) calendar days from the date of the initial review decision letter.
What do I do if I have already submitted an appeal form on the ticket and then I receive a notice for payment?
All tickets are on hold pending the disposition of the review. Therefore, payment does not need to be made while the ticket is being reviewed. For review status or for information concerning a hearing please contact Code at (760) 943-2299.
How do I contest a parking ticket that was issued in a Pay-to-Park lot?
If your citation was issued at San Elijo Campgrounds or Cardiff State Beach Pay-to-Park areas, contact the San Elijo Campgrounds office at (760) 753-5091 for information on contesting the citation. San Diego County Court Notices to Appear and Notices of Parking Violations issued by the California Department of Parks & Recreation are not handled or reviewed by the City of Encinitas. Please contact the issuing agency listed on your citation for further information.
Resources & Links
Parking Citation Forms
Parking Citation Initial Review Request
Parking Citation Administrative Hearing Request
Superior Court Appeal Forms – (May also be accessed on the SD Superior Court Website)
Notice of Appeal – Administrative Parking Hearing Form
Proof of Service Form
Encinitas Municipal Code
California Department of Motor Vehicles
California Vehicle Code
California Highway Patrol
Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board
Commendations & Complaints (Sheriff’s Deputies)
North Coastal Sheriff’s Station
Superior Court of California County of San Diego Bail Schedule
Superior Court of California, County of SD