Citation Appeal Process

Citation Appeal Process

What is an appeal?

An appeal is a request to dispute a citation if you:

  • disagree with the reason for which you received a citation.
  • disagree with the decision from your initial dispute (first appeal); you, therefore, request an Appeal Board Hearing.

A citation is for a violation of parking rules. The word “citation” refers to the paper notice that was placed on your vehicle.

How do I appeal a parking citation?

If you believe you received a parking citation in error, there is a process for you to appeal the citation by completing and submitting an online appeal (appeal a citation) form within 7 calendar days. You will need the following information:

  • Citation number
  • License tag number
  • License plate state
  • Supporting documentation (see form for details)

How do I request a hearing if I disagree with the decision of my appeal?

To request a board hearing, the request must be filed within (7) calendars days from the date of the initial appeal decision e-mail or letter. Citation amounts must be paid, in full, before requesting a Board Hearing.

File Board Hearing Request Online

Complete the online Board Hearing Request form. Check the box “Request a Board Hearing.” Appellants will be notified of hearing date (normally the second Wednesday of each month), time and location about one week in advance. Attendance is not mandatory but encouraged. Appeals Board Hearing decisions are final.

Appeal Board

The Appeals Board consists of students, faculty, and staff members. The Appeals Officer may present information, however, does not vote.

Reasons Appeals May Be Denied

Seldom-Granted Initial Appeals

These situations are not considered to be valid reasons for appealing a parking citation.

  • Lack of knowledge about parking regulations.
  • Late to or from an appointment or class.
  • Dropping off an assignment or seeing an instructor.
  • Short-term parking – left hazard lights on.
  • Parking for just a “short time”.
  • Unable to find a legally-marked parking space.
  • Parking in a reserved space without a valid permit for the reserved space.
  • Inoperable vehicle (car trouble) – failure to notify the Transportation office.

What cannot be appealed to the Hearing Board?

The following citations cannot be presented to the Board:

Overtime Parking
Failure to Pay 
No Permit Citation – if you have at least two prior citations and/or warnings for “No Permit.”
Repeat Citations – cannot appeal any citation if you have received two previous citations and/or a warning for the same offense.
Parking in a Fire Lane – if you do not have documented evidence of an emergency situation, i.e., medical, life-threatening.

Where do I find the basic campus parking policy?

Where do I find official University Transportation Policies or NC General Statues?