Contesting a Parking Ticket
If you do not pay or contest your ticket within 10 days, it
will be considered an admission of guilt and result in the addition of a
penalty. If your ticket remains unpaid for an additional 30 days, a second fee
will be added.
Level 1 Appeal: Administrative Review
If you believe you were issued a parking ticket in error,
have extenuating circumstances, or would like to appeal the issuance of your
ticket, you have 10 days to do so. A reviewer will verify if the ticket was
legally written within the guidelines of the Columbus City Code. You will receive the administrative findings by
mail or email within 7-10 business days of your review. All further actions on the ticket will be suspended
until a decision is made. Please be prepared to upload all exhibits when
submitting your appeal.
Level 2 Appeal: Hearing
If you are unhappy with the findings of your administrative
review, you will need to request a hearing.
Hearings are heard by a third party arbiter and are held virtually, by
phone or web. (In-Person Hearings are
suspended due to COVID 19). All further
actions on the ticket will be suspended until after your hearing. Please
be prepared to upload all exhibits when submitting your hearing request.
you are unable to submit an appeal online, you may do it by mail, or in-person
during business hours at: Division of Parking Services | 2700 Impound Lot Road
| Columbus, Ohio 43207
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HEARINGS
There are 3 options for requesting a Hearing Officer to
review a ticket:
In-Person Hearing At
this time, all in-person hearing have been suspended due to COVID-19 and will
resume when it is safe to do so.
- Hearings are held at Parking
Services, 2700 Impound Lot Road
- Hearing is held over the phone.
Participants must have a valid email address to send documents and access to a
Hearing is held virtually utilizing
WebEx software. Participants must have a valid email address, ability to send
documents and a device (mobile, PC, tablet, etc.) with a reliable internet
connection and a camera.
In all cases, hearings will be live
In addition, you should note:
- At the beginning of the hearing you
will need to confirm your identity by supplying your full name, address, ticket
number(s) and the license plate number of the vehicle to which the ticket was
- Should you wish to have a witness
testify during your phone or web-based hearing, you will need to supply your
witness with the phone number or virtual information, and advise them of the
hearing date and time.
- If you wish to submit additional
exhibits, they must be received 5 business days in advance of your hearing
date. Please submit all exhibits to [email protected] or
mailed to : Division of Parking Services - Hearings | 2700 Impound Lot Road |
Columbus, Ohio 43207
- If there are technical interruptions
that can’t be fixed during the hearing, Parking Services will contact you to
schedule a new hearing date.
- If you are not present for your
hearing during your scheduled time, your hearing will not be rescheduled and
will result in the admission of guilt of the parking ticket.
After your hearing, you will have the right to
appeal the decision within 15 days of the Hearing Officer’s decision to the
Franklin County Municipal Court