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Parking tickets/parking fines are known as penalty charge notices (PCNs).

On-street penalty charge notices

Warwickshire County Council issues all on street penalty charge notice. Warwick District Council issues penalty charge notices for car parks only. Please ensure you challenge with the correct authority.

If your PCN has a prefix of ZQ please go to the county council website.

Challenge a Warwick DC PCN

In accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004, all Informal Challenges and Formal Representations to penalty charge notices must be made in writing.

Challenge a penalty charge online

Or you can send us a letter in the post.

We request that you provide as much information and evidence as possible in your Informal Challenge and Formal Representation to support your reasons for appeal.

The 3 stages of appeal

Stage 1 - an informal challenge

Once an informal challenge is received within 28 days by the council, a response to your challenge will be given in writing or via email, informing you of the outcome.

  • If your challenge is accepted then no payment will be required and the penalty charge notice will be cancelled and closed on our system. 
  • If your challenge is rejected and was made within the 14 days after the PCN was issued, then you will be given a further 14 days from the date of response to pay at the 50% discounted rate. If you are not satisfied with the council's decision and wish to make further representations against the PCN, you will need to make a Formal Representation - please see stage 2.

Stage 2 - A formal representation

If a PCN has been issued and no payment has been received within 28 days from the date of the PCN being issued, then a Notice to Owner (NtO) will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle. This Notice will give the registered keeper 28 days from the date of the NtO being served to either pay the full charge or make a formal written representation to Warwick District Council.

Once a Formal Representation is received by the council, the Appeals Team will review the information recorded by the Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) and any further supporting evidence provided by the registered keeper of the vehicle before a decision is made. A response will be made in writing and sent via the post to the registered keeper address as provided by the DVLA.

  • If your representation is accepted, a Notice of Acceptance will be sent; the Penalty Charge Notice will be cancelled and closed upon our system. 
  • If your representation is rejected then a Notice of Rejection will be sent advising you that you have 28 days to either pay the outstanding amount or make an appeal to the Independent Parking Adjudicator. An Appeal Form will be enclosed with this response.

Stage 3 - Appeals to the traffic penalty tribunal (TPT)

"The Traffic Penalty Tribunal decides appeals against parking penalties issued by Civil Enforcement Authorities in England (outside London) and Wales and against bus lane penalties issued by Civil Enforcement Authorities in England (outside London). The Traffic Penalty Tribunal is the final stage of appeal for motorists or vehicle owners against a penalty issued by a council in England (outside London) and Wales." (As stated upon the Traffic Parking Tribunal (TPT) website)

The decision by the independent adjudicator is final.

This process can only take place once a Notice of Rejection has been served by the Council.

Traffic penalty tribunal (TPT)

  • There is no charge for use of the TPT service
  • You have the choice to either attended a personal hearing, have a telephone hearing or a response in writing
  • The decision made by the Independent Adjudicator is final and binding between both the Council and motorist

For more information visit the Traffic Penalty Tribunal website.