Appeals must be made in writing – this is a legal requirement, and is outlined on the back of the parking infringement notice and reminder notice.
This is to make sure that we have all the information from the vehicle owner or driver so that we can then fully investigate and respond in writing as soon as we can.
How to appeal a parking ticket in writing
For your appeal to be considered, we must receive it on or before the payment due date on your ticket. Make sure to include supporting information and evidence, such as photographs or confirmation of medical appointments, as these can help us understand your situation better. You must have a valid reason to dispute your ticket.
Reasons to appeal a parking ticket
Appeal in writing online
To appeal online, you'll need to:
- fill in your parking ticket number and licence plate number
- provide your full name and postal address
- explain the circumstances you would like us to consider
- provide photographs, screenshots or documents or any other supporting evidence.
Allow 10 working days for us to consider your appeal and respond.
Appeal or pay a parking ticket
Appeal in writing by post
To appeal in writing, you'll need to include:
- your parking ticket number and licence plate number
- your full name and postal address
- an explanation of the circumstances you would like us to consider
- photographs, screenshots or documents or any other supporting evidence.
Post your appeal to:
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199
Allow 10 working days (from the date your appeal is received) plus postage time for us to consider your appeal and respond.
You can view, pay or appeal your parking ticket online.
If we decline your appeal
If you believe you have grounds to appeal your parking ticket and we decline it, you can then choose to have the matter heard by the Courts.
Have your appeal heard by the Courts
Relevant wording from the parking ticket
This section from the back of the parking infringement notice and reminder notice makes it clear that any appeal needs to be in writing:
You must write to the enforcement authority if you wish to do any of the following things:
(a) Raise a matter concerning the circumstances of the alleged offence for consideration by the enforcement authority; or
(b) Deny liability for the alleged offence and request a court hearing; or
(c) Admit liability for the offence, but have the court consider submissions as to penalty or otherwise. In your letter you must request a hearing, admit liability in respect of the offence, and set out the submissions that you would like the court to consider.
You must ensure that your request is received on or before the last day for payment.