Guide

Parking tickets

Last updated: 31 August 2017

Pay a parking ticket

Penalty Charge Notices (PCN)

When paying your parking ticket, you'll need:

  • the number on your ticket
  • your vehicle registration number
  • a valid debit or credit card
  • cheque or postal order if you're paying by post

You'll pay the PCN to the local council that issued the ticket. The council's name will be on the ticket.

Not all councils can issue PCNs. The 15 councils that can are in the menu below. If the council you're looking for isn't there, your ticket will be an Excess Charge Notice or a Fixed Penalty Notice.

PCNs aren't 'paid' until the council receives the money. If you're paying by post think about how long it will take to arrive.

If you don't pay in time, you'll get a reminder called a 'Notice to Owner' encouraging you to pay or challenge your ticket.

If you still don't pay, you'll get a 'charge certificate'. This will ask you to pay or challenge an increased fee - normally 50% more - within a set time. If you don't, the council can then register the debt with the court and recover the fine.

If you can't afford to pay a parking ticket

Citizens Advice Scotland can give you advice on money, debt and the law if you can't afford to pay your ticket.

Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

You pay your fine to the court.

This can be done:

If you don't pay or challenge within 21 days, your fine will be increased. If you still don't pay, you may be asked to appear in court.

If you can't afford to pay a parking ticket

Citizens Advice Scotland can give you advice on money, debt and the law if you can't afford to pay your ticket.

Parking tickets on private land

The rules are different if you've received a ticket when parked on private land.

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Pay a parking ticket