Appeal Process

Appeal a Citation

The SDSU Parking & Transportation Services Citation Review Process, Administrative Hearing Process and Court Administration Process are mandated by California Vehicle Code Article 3, Sections 40200.7 and 40215, which was enacted by the State Legislature, Assembly Bill 408, effective July 1, 1993, and Assembly Bill 1228, effective January 1, 1996. All time restrictions, with respect to different appeal levels, are made pursuant to the aforementioned legislation.

If you have received a parking citation and you would like to appeal the ticket, you must do so within 21 calendar days of the date of the citation. Failure to do so will result in the full penalty amount being due. 

Appeal Online

When you appeal your citation, it will be placed on hold until a determination is made. You will be notified of the determination of your appeal within one to two weeks.

If you are not satisfied with the disposition of your appeal, the next level is to request an administrative hearing through Parking & Transportation Services at [email protected]. This must be done within 21 days after the determination has been mailed back to you.

An administrative hearing can be done via mail or phone call. Payment of the citation is required in order to move forward with the administrative hearing. If the determination from the administrative hearing is in your favor, you will receive a full refund. If not, the citation is paid in full and closed. All administrative hearings are conducted and reviewed by a qualified hearing examiner, who is not an employee of SDSU.

If you want to request a second level of appeal and cannot pay the required citation amount, you must meet indigent status. Please email [email protected] to request the Payment Waiver of Penalty Application.  Should you request and are approved for indigent status for a hearing and you are found liable for the citation, you will have only 10 days from receipt of your determination letter to request a payment plan.

The third and final level of appeal is resolved at the Superior Court. You must go to the Superior Court no more than 30 calendar days of the mailing date of the disposition from the hearing to initiate this process. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 for this step, payable to the County of San Diego.

You must inform Parking & Transportation Services via email at [email protected] should you be pursuing a Level 3 Appeal.