Parking Citations & Appeals
The mission of Transportation and Parking Services is to facilitate responsible stewardship of transportation and parking resources for the enhancement and success of the community. To support this mission, 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.
You have options when you receive a citation.
Pay a Citation
Pay a citation using your parking account. You will need to input your citation number or license plate number, and will then be guided through the next steps to pay your citation.
Citation payments are posted on the date received. It is the citation recipient’s responsibility to ensure that payment is received by the due date.
Pay Fees By Mail
Make check or money order payable to Cal Poly. Use the citation envelope or mail payment to:
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0505
To Ensure Proper Credit
- Include the citation number and the vehicle license plate number on the front of the payment.
- Ensure that the return address is legible, in case we need to contact the citation holder concerning any questions regarding the payment.
- Allow time for delivery of all mailed payments.
- Do not send cash.
Citation payments can be deposited in the drop box just to the right of Cashiers Office in Administration, Building 1, Room 131E.
Citations can be paid in person at the Public Safety Reception Center located in Building 36 during business hours. You will need your citation number or license plate number to make a payment in person.
Failure To Pay
Failure to pay or appeal the citation by the 14th calendar day after the date of the reminder notice may result in the following actions:
- Forfeit of all rights to an appeal of the citation
- A late fee may be added to the cost (penalty) of the citation
- A hold may be placed on the registered owner's vehicle registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles preventing registration renewal until all outstanding citation and late fees are paid in full
- A hold may be placed on your Cal Poly student academic records and class registration
- Multiple unpaid citations may result in the immobilization or towing and impounding of the vehicle at owners expense
Pursuant to California Vehicle Code and CSU Systemwide policy, payment plans are available for those with multiple unpaid parking citations or at least $200 owed. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Payment Plan
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 Public Safety Reception Center at email@example.com.
Note: Payment for appealed citations is not required until an appeal decisions has been rendered.
Level 2 - Administrative Hearing
In accordance with Governor Newsome’s Executive Order (N-29-20) dated March 4, 2020 all in person hearings will be held virtually until further notice
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 virtually. 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 Public Safety Reception Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone Monday - Friday 8am-5pm at 805-756-6654. 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.
A virtual 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 email or call the Public Safety Reception Center at email@example.com or 805-756-6654.
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 DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATE $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 NO ACTIVE SESSION FOUND $55.00 CPSU 13.11.1 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 $80.00 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