Contest a Parking Citation: Step 2

Administrative Hearing

If you are not satisfied with the initial administrative review, you may request an administrative hearing within 21 calendar days of the date of the initial administrative review decision. Once 21 days have passed, you are no longer entitled to an administrative hearing. You may make the request:


At the Neighborhood Services office located at 38250 Sierra Highway. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

By phone

Call 1-866-420-2894, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding weekends and holidays. All fees must be paid before a hearing is scheduled.


Download and fill out the Request for Hearing Parking Cite (PDF) form. An initial administrative review must have been completed and all fees paid before a hearing is scheduled.

Important: All fines for the contested citation must be paid in full before scheduling a hearing. Determining inability to pay is governed by California Vehicle Code Section 40215(b), and may allow a waiver of the deposit of the amount due, provided the City possesses sufficient proof and has granted a variance. If you fail to contact the City within the specified time, you forfeit the right to a hearing.

What Happens at an Administrative Hearing

The Hearing Officer will review your case folder, and listen to your explanation of why the citation should be dismissed or read your written declaration.

The case folder contains all information relevant to your citation, including a copy of the citation, all correspondence received by the City concerning the citation, the results of any investigations conducted during the initial administrative review, and a complete computer record of all calls received and notices sent.

You will be notified by mail of the hearing officer’s determination. If the hearing officer determines you are not liable for the citation, you will be issued a refund.

  1. In-Person Hearing Proceeding
  2. Written Declaration Proceeding
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to complete the required paperwork.
  • The contestant must provide interpreters if needed, including sign language.
  • You may bring witnesses, records, or documents that apply to your case. All documents related to the citation appeal must be submitted at the time of the hearing. Extensions are not granted to submit documentation. Documentation is not returned.
  • Results of the hearing will be mailed to you at the address provided.

If you are unable to appear on your scheduled date

You may request to reschedule by contacting the City in writing no later than two business days before the scheduled date and time listed on your hearing appointment letter. Only one continuance will be considered.

Mail your request to:
City of Palmdale
℅ Parking Citation Service Center
P.O. Box 11923
Santa Ana, CA 92711
Phone: 866-420-2894

Bail for Administrative Hearing Postponement

A waiver of the deposit of the fine may be allowed for those who are unable to pay as governed by California Vehicle Code Section 40215(b), provided the City has sufficient proof and has granted a variance.

This waiver does not cancel your fine. It simply allows you to attend a hearing without first paying the fine required by State law. If your citation is found to be valid, you must pay the fine.

To request a waiver, download a Postponement of Bail (PDF), or call 1-866-420-2894, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You must complete the Postponement of Bail for Administrative Hearing application in full and submit it with your most current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax filing, disability or welfare payment stubs. Failure to complete the application and provide the documentation will cause an automatic denial of the request.

If your hearing payment waiver is granted and you are found liable, you must make the final payment within 30 days.

You will be notified whether or not you have been granted a waiver by mail.