Parking Citations & Appeals
The goal of Transportation & Parking Services is to provide the best in customer service to our campus partners. Parking on campus requires a valid Cal Poly permit, paid limited timed zone, or metered parking.
Parking permits must be properly displayed, the entire permit must be visible including serial number and security features. Please review our Rules & Regulations to avoid citations.
Pay a Citation
If you have an outstanding parking citation, you may pay it through Parking Payment Services.
Pursuant to California Vehicle Code and CSU Systemwide policy, payment plans are available for those with multiple unpaid paring citations or at least $200 owed. For more information please visit Transportation and Parking Services in Building 36 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSU Policy regarding payment plans is available online.
Any questions about this process should be directed to Transportation & Parking Services office at (805)756-6654.
Appeal a Citation
Level 1 - Parking Citation Appeal
For a period of 21 calendar days from the issuance of a notice of parking violation or 14 calendar days from the mailing of a notice of delinquent parking violation, a person may request an initial review/parking citation appeal.
A written explanation stating why the parking violation should be reversed shall be reviewed and evaluated by the issuing agency. Once a decision has been rendered, notification will be sent by US mail to the mailing address submitted on the appeal. It is the appellant's responsibility to call the University Police Department if a disposition is not received within 30 days of your appeal date.
An appeal form may also be requested by contacting the Cal Poly University Police Department at 805-756-6654. University Police Business hours are Monday through Fridays 7am to 5pm.
Note: Payment for appealed citations is not required until an appeal decisions has been rendered.
Level 2 - Administrative Hearing
If dissatisfied with the results of the initial review/parking citation appeal, the matter may be pursued by requesting an Administrative Hearing. The request for the Administrative Hearing must be made no more than 21 calendar days following the mailing of the results of the initial review/parking citation appeal. The person requesting an Administrative Hearing has the choice of a hearing by mail or in person. Requests for an Administrative Hearing are required to be submitted in writing by completing an Administrative Hearing Request Form which can be obtained by contacting the University Police Department. The request for an Administrative Hearing must be accompanied by payment in full for the amount due on the citation. (Reference CVC 40215(b) for complete details).
An Administrative Hearing conducted by mail will be conducted once all of the paperwork and payment is received. The hearing examiner shall review the written declaration, and any evidence provided which is relevant to the case, and render a decision based on the information submitted.
An in-person hearing will be scheduled only when specifically requested. A hearing examiner will review the written information provided, testimony of the appellant and that of any witnesses and evidence provided which is relevant to the case.
Level 3 - Judicial Appeal
If dissatisfied with the Administrative Hearing decision, the violation may be further appealed to the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, 805-781-5696 within 30 calendar days from the mailing of the Administrative Hearing liable notice. The court filing fee is $25.00. If the court rules in the appellant's favor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will be required to refund the filing fee plus any parking penalties that the court may dismiss.
If a notice of appeal is not filed with the court within the 30 calendar day limit the decision rendered by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo shall become final.
If you have questions regarding the appeals process, please call the University Police, Reception Center at 805-756-6654. University Police Business hours are Monday through Fridays 8am to 5pm.
The citation fee includes the base fee and those additional surcharges required by California Government Code 76000.
As required, by California Education Code 89701.5, parking citation fees shall be used exclusively for the development, enhancement and operation of alternate methods of transportation programs for students and employees, for the mitigation of the impact of off-campus student and employee parking in university communities and for the administration of the parking fines and forfeitures programs.
Parking Citation Violation Fines
Description Fine CPSU Section NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW $40.00 CPSU 1.3 NO EVENT PERMIT $55.00 CPSU 10.4 UNAUTHORIZED $40.00 CPSU 15.1 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/UNAUTHORIZED $80.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 15.1 EXPIRED METER $40.00 CPSU 13.11 OVERTIME IN TIMED ZONE $40.00 CPSU 13.9 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/OVERTIME $80.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 13.9 YELLOW ZONE $40.00 CPSU 13.3.1 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/YELLOW ZONE $80.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 13.3.1 WHITE ZONE $40.00 CPSU 13.3.2 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/WHITE ZONE $80.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 13.3.2 MC NOT IN MC SPACE $40.00 CPSU 11.1.1 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/MC IN VEH SPACE $67.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 11.1.1 BIKE LANE $55.00 CPSU 14.6 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/BIKE LANE $82.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 14.6 RED ZONE $40.00 CPSU 13.2.10 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/RED ZONE $80.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 13.2.10 NO PARKING $55.00 CPSU 13.2.9 NO VALID PERMIT IN VIEW/NO PARKING $82.00 CPSU 1.3/CPSU 13.2.9 OBSTRUCTING FIRELANE $95.00 CPSU 13.2.8 OBSTRUCTING ROADWAY $55.00 CPSU 13.4 FIRE HYDRANT $42.00 CPSU 13.5 MISUSE OF PERMIT $450.00 CPSU 15.4 VEH NOT WITHIN ONE SPACE $40.00 CPSU 13.8 VEHICLE BACKED IN $40.00 CPSU 13.7 DISABLED ZONE/RAMP/CURB $365.00 CPSU 13.2.4 TRANSIT ZONE $115.00 CPSU 13.12 VEHICLE FACING WRONG WAY $40.00 CPSU 13.6