Appealing a citation

3 most important things you need to know about the appeals process:

  • Appeals must be submitted to the Parking Services office within ten days of when the citation was issued
  • Appeals must be submitted on Parking Services' Hearing Petition Form.
  • A $10 hearing fee will be assessed for each appealed citation. The fee is due at the time the Appeal Form is filed. After receiving the form and fee, Parking will contact the Appeals officer to schedule the Appeal.

Before filling out a Hearing Petition form for a citation please contact our office regarding the citation as there may be reductions that we can apply to the citation without the additional cost of a hearing.

The Appeal Process

Step One: The Appeal

If you disagree with your citation and would like to formally contest its validity:

You must complete a Hearing Petition form and pay the $10 Apeal fee to officially contest a citation.

You must request a hearing within ten days of the issuance of a citation.

You may submit the completed Hearing Petition form by:

  • Bring it to the Parking Services office in Gray Hall
  • Fax it to the Parking Services office at (970)351-1903
  • Scan the completed form and email the .pdf file to

You must provide a good contact phone number on the Hearing Petition form, as well as dates & times that seem particularly good or bad for scheduling the hearing.

Step Two: The Hearing

Once the Hearing Petition form is received by Parking Service, we pass it on to the Hearing Officer who will begin a preliminary investigation of your appeal which may include:

  1. Review your Hearing Petition form
  2. Review Parking Services' records for the citation including any photos taken by the Campus Safety Patrol Officer who issued it
  3. Visit the site of the citation
  4. Interview Parking Services staff or other witnesses

After the preliminary investigation, the Hearing officer will set up a meeting to discuss the citation/appeal with you (unless you indicate you do not want an in person meeting on the form).

Step Three: The Disposition

When you file an appeal there are three possible outcomes:

  • The Citation may be voided (the ten dollar Hearing Fee will be waived).
  • The Citation fine may be reduced (the ten dollar Hearing Fee will still be due).
  • The Citation may be upheld and the full fine (plus the ten dollar Hearing Fee) will be due.

Appeals FAQ

What is the purpose of the hearing fee?

The hearing fee is used to offset the cost of engaging a Hearing Officer.

When and where are hearings held?

The hearings are held in the Parking Service Office at Gray Hall if requested on the Hearing Petition form.

Who will be present at the hearings?

You, the hearing officer and any witnesses.

The Parking Services office may have a member present to serve in a representative capacity.

Who is the hearing officer?

The hearing officer is a fair and impartial arbitrator, hired by Parking Services.

They may be a member of the University community or the community at large.

The hearing officer’s ruling is final.

What if I cannot attend a hearing in person?

If you cannot attend a hearing in person or do not wish to appear in person, your case will be heard on the basis of your written statement alone.

The hearing officer's decision is final.

If you do not appear in person and are dissatisfied with the hearing results, a second hearing on the citation will not be granted.

What happens if I miss a scheduled hearing appointment?

If you know that you will not be able to appear at the time scheduled, you must call and either reschedule the appointment or request that the hearing be heard on their written statement alone.

If you fail to appear without prior notice to the Parking Services office, your petition will be evaluated on the basis of your written statement.

If you do not appear in person and are dissatisfied with the hearing results, a second hearing on the citation will not be granted.

What should be included in the written statement?

The statement should include a clear explanation of the circumstances and any mitigating factors which you believe apply to the situation.

It should clearly state all the facts.

The statement may include an explanation of circumstances that were life threatening or situations that were beyond the your control.

How do I prepare for a hearing? What evidence should be presented?

You should review the circumstances surrounding the citation and inform the hearing officer of any additional details which weren't included in the written statement.

You should present the facts to the hearing officer in a clear, concise and orderly manner.

You may bring witnesses and/or photographs to the hearing.


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Any Questions

  • Call the Parking Services office at (970) 351-1971 or send us an email