Appeal Process at UNC

Appeal Process

  1. Appellant submits an appeal.
  2. The citation in question is marked on the appellant’s account to show it is on appeal. This annotation prevents the appellant from being billed until a Parking Appeal Hearing Officer renders a decision.
  3. The Parking Appeal Hearing Officer reads the appeal and renders a decision.
  4. A copy of the appeal’s form with the Hearing Officer’s decision is mailed to the appellant.

If the appeal is denied and/or reduced, payment is due within ten (10) days of the Hearing Officer’s decision.  After the ten days, a $10.00 late fee will be applied.

How to Appeal

On Line...Simply complete the On Line Appeal Form and decision will be mailed to you at the address listed on the appeal.

In Person...Fill out the Parking Violation Appeal Form completely, and return the citation and appeal form to the Appeals Officer at the window in the Public Safety Building. In most cases, you'll get an immediate decision. Occasionally, you'll be asked to leave your appeal, so the appeals staff can gather additional information to make a fair and appropriate decision.

Appeal Status Definitions

“NO ACTION”  means that the appeal did not meet the appeal period requirement (10 days), and all appeal rights have been forfeited (including right to re-appeal to the Appeals Committee).

“WARNING”    means that the citation and fine have been waived in accordance with the Appeals Guidelines.

 “DENIED”  means that the citation has been upheld in accordance with the Appeals Guidelines, and payment is due within ten days of the date of the appeals decision.

 “REDUCED”  means that the appellant has a valid permit for the zone, but the permit was not properly displayed at the time of the citation issuance, or that the person has multiple violations and the citation has been reduced for financial consideration.  Payment is due within ten days of the date of the appeals decision.

“VOID”  means that a citation was issued, but the fine was dismissed due to an error.  This action will remain on record but will not count against an appellant’s violation history.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: How much time do I have to appeal?

A: You have ten (10) calendar days from the date of the citation to appeal.

 Q: What if my appeal is denied or reduced?

A: You have two options: You may either appeal the decision to the Traffic and Parking Appeals Committee within ten (10) calendar days of the decision date, or you may pay the fine / late fees.  Remember that a No Action forfeits any further appeal actions, including re-appeals.

 Q: Will I be billed while I await a decision?

A: No. The appeal will be entered into the computer system and the billing process will be halted until a decision is made. If you have submitted an appeal and receive a billing notice for the citation, please call the Appeals Office at 962-3953 so that any billing errors can be corrected.

 Q: When and how will I be notified about the decision?

A: You should receive a response within two (2) weeks, by mail. Occasionally, some appeals take longer, due to research needed to reach a decision.

 Q: How can I be sure that my appeal was judged in a fair and reasonable manner?

A: All decisions are made in accordance with the Appeals Guidelines. You may review these during the Appeals window hours (7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) at the Department of Public Safety.

 Q: What if I don't pay the citation?

A: If you are a student, a hold will be placed with the University Registrar and applied to your records. If you're a University or Hospital employee, the fine and late fee will be payroll deducted from your check. If you're non-affiliated, the fine and late fee will be forwarded to a collection agency.

 Q: What if I have other questions?

A: Please call 962-3953 or come by and talk with the Appeals staff.  We are here to help!

Parking Do's and Don'ts


  • Do buy a permit, if available.
  • Do park only in spaces designated by permit.
  • Do display permit as directed.
  • Do report lost or stolen permits to Parking Operations.
  • Do allow yourself enough time to find a spot and have a back-up plan. Most decals are oversold and the purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.
  • Do check the signs, before you park. All lots have signs indicating the type of permit allowed, so it is very important to read and understand the signs.
  • Do contact Parking Control immediately if your vehicle becomes disabled on campus and you are unable to move it. They will need your license plate number and where you are parked.
  • Do inform yourself of all parking rules and regulations. If you have a question about parking, don’t ask your Residence Assistant, your roommate, your friends or your mom. ASK PARKING SERVICES.
  • Do park in operative meters only.
  • Do arrive early. The most convenient parking spaces fill up early.
Do purchase a temporary decal if you temporarily need to drive a vehicle other than the one you have permitted.



  • Don’t alter any type of parking permit.
  • Don’t attempt to duplicate or counterfeit any type of parking permit.
  • Don’t park in undesignated areas.
  • Don’t ignore posted signs.
  • Don’t park in disability spaces without proper permits.











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