Do Parking tickets ever come at a good time?

Of course not. Parking tickets suck 100% of the time. It’s a scientific fact! So we’re going to teach you how to appeal a parking ticket in Salt Lake City.

So you are going about your busy day, doing your thing, and you decide to head over to Sugarhouse for some lunch on your lunch break. You don’t live in the Salt Lake City boundaries, but you’re just a few minutes away and go downtown or into Sugarhouse all the time. We all do, right? Well this day is special. It’s December 5th! What is so special about December 5th? Well, as you have been living your life, working hard to make a living to support yourself and your family, you didn’t pay attention to the fact that your cars registration expired on the last day of November. Usually this is no big deal and most police officers will give you a grace period of a couple weeks. However, the city of Salt Lake City certainly does not. While eating lunch, you parked your car out on the street. You think nothing of it. After lunch you return to your car to discover that you have a ticket on your windshield. Son of a…

You quickly read the ticket to discover that it is for having an Expired registration. Sure enough, your license plates say 11-15…  but today is December 5th. Those parking ‘cops’ sure do have good radar for spotting these things. Nonetheless, you drive off, the proud owner of a brand new Salt Lake City parking ticket!

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Or maybe you had to run downtown to off an important document for work, and when you park, you are just a few feet too close to a damn stop sign. You don’t have a tape measure to measure it out, nor the time to do so. You think to yourself ‘I’ll only be here for a few minutes. I’ll be fine.’ Just your luck, Parking Attendant Bubba is clairvoyant and somehow knew you were going to be making such an egregious violation of the law. He quickly pounces. By the time you run in, and run back out, ‘Officer Bubba’ has given you some extra paperwork to take home with you. After all, screw you for being 2 feet too close to that stop sign for 3 minutes! You got off easy, criminal. You should really be in prison!

If you do receive a parking ticket in Salt Lake City, you want to either pay it immediately or go make an appeal right away. They will tack on an extra $40 for every 10 days it goes unpaid or unresolved. OUCH!

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If you, like most people, feel your parking ticket is BS and want to appeal your Salt Lake City parking ticket, here is how to do so, according to the City’s website:

Appealing a Parking Ticket in Salt Lake City

Parking tickets in Salt Lake City are handled by the Salt Lake City’s Parking and Civil Unit, which is located in the City and County Building at 451 South State Street, Room 145. The Parking/Civil Unit handles parking notices, impound hearings, ground transportation, alarm violations, snow removal, loud party, and animal control.

In Person:

Salt Lake City & County Building
451 South State Street, Room 145
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: [email protected]

Preparing an epic sob story or excuse?

Of course you are! It’s never our fault, right? Well, they have heard them all. Don’t shoot the messenger, but according to the City’s website, they list these common reasons that do not support a dismissal or reduction for a Parking/Civil Notice:

  • Not knowing City, State, or Federal Laws
  • Paid wrong space number
  • I was parked in violation for a minute
  • No other place to park
  • I can’t pay the fine
  • Did not see the signs or markings
  • I was the only one who got a notice
  • I’ve never had a notice before
  • I will never do it again

So in other words, unless their “parking ticket giver person” really screwed up, you can bitch and moan all you want and they won’t do jack about it. However, in my humble opinion, it sure doesn’t hurt to try! After all, the squeeky wheel gets the oil. Sucessfully appealing a parking ticket in Salt Lake City is not easy, but it’s definitely worth a shot!

how to appeal a parking ticket in salt lake city

If you have received a parking/civil notice and have questions, call 801-535-6116. To speak to a Hearing Officer email them at [email protected] or go in person to speak with a Hearing Officer at The City and County Building, 451 South State Street, Room 145.

Hearing Officers are available to help you Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 451 South State Street, Room 145, Salt Lake City Utah. You do not need an appointment unless you need an impound hearing. The best time to see a hearing officer is between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. To avoid waiting in line to see a Hearing Officer for payment of fines, please make your payment online, by mail or calling (801) 535-6116.

When YOU try to appeal a parking ticket in Salt Lake City, I wish you the best of luck. Whether or not they reduce or eliminate your fine, at least you tried. You never know unless you try to appeal your parking ticket. If you never try to appeal, you’ll be guaranteed nothing changes 🙂





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