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The Parking Enforcement Team consists of 12 Parking Enforcement Officers, supervised by a Police Sergeant.

To Pay

Penalties can be paid online, in person, and by mail.

Pay online, if you have your license plate number and your citation number, through our secure online payment system. If you have questions or problems using the online payment system, please call 1-855-544-9368 or 805-897-2360.

Pay in person by bringing the citation and bail amount to the Parking Citation Section located in the lobby of:

Santa Barbara Police Department
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Our hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed legal holidays and weekends.

Pay by mail by sending your check, money order or certified check to:

City of Santa Barbara
c/o Parking Citation Service Center
P.O. Box 11923
Santa Ana, CA 92711

Time Limit

You have 21 days from the date the citation is issued to pay the fine which is shown on the citation (weekends and holidays are counted).  For correctable citations (i.e. expired registration, improper display of California registration/no registration tabs, and no front/rear plate) these are dismissible within 30 days of the citation date with proof of compliance and payment of an administrative fee.

To Dispute a Parking Citation

If you wish to contest a citation, you must submit your request within 21 days of the date of the violation, either online at Paymycite.com and complete a review request form or in person at 215 East Figueroa Street, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. If you do not do submit your request within 21 days of the date of the violation you forfeit all rights to challenge the citation. Administrative fees to dismiss citation based on proof of compliance are not subject to challenge.

Further information regarding parking citations can be obtained by contacting:

Parking Citation Service Center
P.O. Box 11923
Santa Ana, CA 92711
(855) 544-9368 

OR

City of Santa Barbara
Parking Citation Section
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 897- 2360 

Parking Citation Payment Plan

As set forth in CVC 40220, effective July 1, 2018, the Processing Agency will allow payment plan options for people with unpaid parking tickets who can provide proof of indigency. ONLY citations issued July 1, 2018 and after are applicable for the payment plan.

If approved, all late fees will be removed from the citation(s) and the Agency will set up a payment agreement for the responsible individual to pay outstanding parking tickets owed within a maximum of 18 months. Individuals who fall out of compliance with the payment plan have 45 days to resume before the Agency reassigns late fees and files a hold with the DMV.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING FOR A PAYMENT PLAN ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1) You must complete the application in full and either submit online, (Paymycite Link) online or by mail at the address listed below, see mail in option. If the online option is chosen all supporting documentation for verification listed on the application must be uploaded with the application. If the mail in option is chosen please include all supporting documentation for verification listed on the application available to download. Please note a valid e-mail address is mandatory for application submission online as you will be notified of approval or denial via e-mail.

2)  Mail in Option; Please click to download applicationDownload

The application and supporting documentation must be completed and returned to:  P.O Box 11923 Santa Ana, CA 92711

3)  Application for this payment plan must be made within 60 calendar days of citation issuance, or within 10 calendar days of an administrative hearing determination (whichever is later).

4)  If approved, $5.00 processing fee must be included with the first payment or added to the payment plan amount.

5) During the payment plan; all late fees will be waived but reinstated if registered owner fall outs of compliance with the payment plan.

5)  The minimum amount of $25 must be paid monthly. If no payment is received within 45 days; the payment plan will be defaulted; the total amount and all late fees will be reinstated, and a filing of an itemization of unpaid parking penalties and service fees will be sent to DMV.

6)   If defaulted; the registered owner may request to rescind the filing of an itemization of unpaid parking penalties and service fees for an indigent individual, for one-time only, if the registered owner or lessee pays a late fee of five dollars ($5).

 

Payment Rules/Regulations

  1. A registered owner or person responsible for the citations shall be eligible to enroll in a payment plan with proof of indigent status.
    1. Late fees will be placed in abeyance while in the payment plan, these late fees will be waived once the payment plan is completed.
    2. If additional citations are accrued during the payment plan period, the plan may not be modified to include these citations. A new application must be submitted and processed accordingly.
  2. Once the payment plan is in place and the applicant adheres to its terms, an itemization of unpaid parking penalties will not be filed with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and any DMV Registration Hold in place will be temporarily removed.
    1. If applicant defaults on payment plan, the DMV Registration Hold will be reinstated, if applicable.
  3. $5.00 processing fee must be included with the first payment or added to the payment plan amount.
  4. Payments must be made each calendar month.
    1. There will be no grace period for late payments.
    2. For mailed payments, a postmark is acceptable to meet this requirement.
  5. Payment Plan Duration.
    1. For balances under $300, payments will be $25/month.
    2. For balances over $300, monthly payments will be assessed accordingly.


Delinquent Parking Citations

Failing to respond to five (5) or more citations may result in towing and impounding of a vehicle or any other vehicle owned by you under the California Vehicle Code (CVC) Sections 22651.7 and 22651(i).

If you fail to pay penalty fines, an additional late fee will be added to your required penalty. (Penalty fine is deemed "paid" on the date received.) Unpaid citations will be forwarded to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for collection with the registration of the vehicle pursuant to CVC Section 4760.  

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2018
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