Parking/Code Enforcement Citations

What are the instructions for resolving a parking violation?

Parking citations are issued to a vehicle, as a result the registered owner of the vehicle is presumed by Florida State Statutes to have received the citation.

  1. PAY THE TICKET. You must make payment to the Clerk of Court within 10 working days of the date the violation was issued. Bring or mail your citation with your payment. You can pay:
    1. In person, with check money order or cash at any Broward County courthouse
    2. By mail to Clerk of Courts Parking Division at 201 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 or place your payment in the citation envelope and add your name and address to the return to section. Place a stamp on envelope before mailing.
    3. By phone with credit card (954) 712-7899, once the citation is entered on our system. The Broward County Clerk of Courts Courthouse Information and Payment System (CHIPS) is provided as a convenience to the public. Using this service in no way relieves the defendant from the responsibility of paying a fine, or making an election in a timely manner... IF THE CITATION IS NOT ON THE SYSTEM WITHIN THE 10 DAY TIME LIMIT.
  2. REQUEST A HEARING. If you do not agree that the ticket is valid, you must submit your citation to the Clerk of Court and request a hearing within 10 days of the date the citation was issued. You will receive a notice for the date of your hearing in the mail from the Clerk of the Court. On your hearing date, you must appear on time, in person with any evidence (documents, photos, etc.) you would like the Hearing Officer/Magistrate to consider.
    1. If you need to reschedule your hearing date; you must submit your request to the Clerk of Court Parking Division, in writing prior to your hearing date to obtain another date.
    2. If you are unable to appear in person or prefer to provide a written explanation of the violation, you must complete an Affidavit of Defense Form (which you can purchase from the Clerk of Court or their website) and return it to the Clerk of Court Parking Division 7 days before your scheduled hearing date. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE AFFIDAVIT FULLY FILLED OUT WITH ALL THE EVIDENCE DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, ETC., ATTACHED and RECEIVED BY THE CLERK OF COURT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIME LIMITS DISCUSSED IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR HAVING TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED HEARING.
    3. (If you think the Hearing Officer/Magistrate has made a legal error in their ruling you can file an appeal in the Circuit Civil Court by filing a writ of certiorari within 30 days from your hearing date.
  3. USE SELF HELP FORMS. Available for purchase at the Clerk of Courts website under online services forms download or purchase at the Clerk of Courts Parking Division.
    1. Disabled Parking Violation Compliance Affidavit and Instructions. If you have a valid disabled parking permit or plaque which was not in plain view at the time of the handicapped parking violation or you were being transported a the time of the violation, you can avoid the required "in person" court appearance by completing the Disable Parking Violation Affidavit (which you can get from the Clerk of Court or their website) and returning it to the Clerk of the Court Parking Division within 10 days from the citation issue date (to avoid late fees) or 7 days before your scheduled hearing date. If not, you will be required to pay late fees. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE AFFIDAVIT FULLY FILLED OUT WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ATTACHED AND RECEIVED BY THE CLERK OF COURT PARKING DIVISION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIME LIMITS DISCUSSED IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR HAVING TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED HEARING.
    2. IF YOU ARE NOT THE VIOLATOR OR THE VEHICLE IS NOT OWNED BY YOU. If you are not the owner of the vehicle listed in the parking violation or you were not the operator of the vehicle at the time of the violation, you can avoid the required “in person” court appearance by completing the Parking Violation Identify Affidavit ( which you can get form the Clerk of Court Parking Division of their website) and returning it to the Clerk of Court Parking Division within 10 days of the issuance of the violation (to avoid late fees) or 7 days before your scheduled hearing date (or you will be required to pay late fees). IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE AFFIDAVIT FULLY FILLED OUT WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ATTACHED AND RECEIVED BY THE CLERK OF COURT PARKING DIVISION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIME LIMITS DISCUSSED IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR HAVING TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED HEARING.
  4. DO NOTHING. If you do not choose one of the 3 options above, within 10 days of date the parking violation was issued, your vehicle tag will be flagged and the Department of Motor Vehicles may not permit you to register your car until all parking fines and late fees are paid in full. If you do not appear at your scheduled court date, and do not provide any evidence in writing the Hearing Officer/Magistrate will decide the case without any input from you. You will then be informed of their decision by mail.

What if I have received a disabled parking violation?

If you have received a disabled parking violation you have three options to choose from within 10 working days from the citation date:

Option #1

You may contest the violation by filling out the front portion of your citation, giving your name, address and a very brief description of why you are contesting the violation. Mail the envelope, which is already addressed for you. Don't forget to place the correct postage on the envelope. You will receive a notice of an administrative hearing via U.S. Mail.

Option #2

If you have a valid disabled parking permit, you must send us a photocopy of your disabled parking permit or permit registration, and a copy of your driver's license and a signed and notarized affidavit from the owner of the disabled parking permit that they were present at the time the violation occurred, and the parking permit was valid at the time the violation occurred. Explain why the permit was not on display. Send a check or money order for $7.50 along with the affidavit, copy of the driver's license and copy of the permit, or permit registration, and we will process this as a Dismissal. Please note: The parking permit and the drivers'license must be from the same state and the permit must include the name or drivers'license of the permit owner, or you must provide proof, from your State Department of Motor Vehicles, of who owns the parking permit.

You may also chose to purchase the Disabled Parking Violation Compliance Affidavit and instructions under "online services", forms download. Complete the form, have it notarized and send back with the appropriate documents as required on the form, along with a payment of $7.50.

Option #3

If you do not have a disabled parking permit, please mail payment in the envelope provided, which is pre-addressed, be sure to place a stamp on the envelope. There may be additional statutory fees that are not indicated on your citation. Review your citation to ensure that these additional fees are indicated on your citation fine amount.

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How do I contest or appeal a parking citation?

To contest a parking citation, please fill out the bottom portion of your citation on the front. Print your name, address, a brief description of why you are contesting the violation and sign at the bottom. Mail the citation that is already addressed and you will receive a notice for an administrative hearing via U.S. Mail.

Please Note: You are not required to actually attend the hearing. You may instead submit an Affidavit of Defense along with your written explanation and any proof such as photos or witness statements on your behalf. These documents will be reviewed by a hearing officer and you will be notified via U. S. Mail, the results of the hearing.

It is your responsibility to have the affidavit fully filled out in accordance with the instructions. Failure to return the form 7 days prior to your hearing or have form filled out as instructed will result in your having to personally appear at the scheduled court hearing.

You may write out your own affidavit, or purchase one from the "online services" forms download and forward along with any evidence, photos and witness statements you may have.

If you want to appeal the decision of an administrative hearing officer, you must file a petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the Circuit Civil Division within 30 days of the date of the hearing on your disposition form in accordance with the Broward County Code.

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What types of parking citations are processed by Broward County?

The Broward County Clerk of Courts processes parking citations for the following agencies only.


Broward County Municipalities/Agencies Parking Citation Number begins with...
Broward County Airports AP
Broward County Unincorporated Areas BC
City of Coconut Creek CK
City of Coral Springs CS
City of Dania Beach DN
City of Ft. Lauderdale
Only those with hearings
FL
City of Hallandale Beach HD
City of Lauderhill LH
City of Lauderdale Lakes LL
City of Miramar MM
City of North Lauderdale NL
City of Oakland Park OP
City of Parkland PR
City of Pembroke Pines PP
City of Plantation PL
City of Sea Ranch Lakes SR
City of Sunrise SN
City of Tamarac TM
City of Weston WS
City of Wilton Manors WM
Port Everglades PE
Town of Davie DV
Town of Pembroke Park PK

If your citation DOES NOT BEGIN with the letters just listed, or if the citation was from a city other than those listed, please contact the city that issued the citation directly.

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What if I missed my hearing?

If you have missed your administrative hearing, you should wait approximately 1 week or until you have received your paperwork from the administrative hearing officer. Once you have received your results of the hearing, you may file an appeal by filing a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the Circuit Civil Division. Hearings will not be re-set over the telephone.

If you are not able to attend your hearing on the scheduled date, you must contact our office in writing prior to the hearing, to request a new date. This option is only available if you reach us prior to the administrative hearing date. Please note you may only be reset one time.

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What if my payment is late?

All parking fine payments are due, and must be received by our office, within 10 working days, unless other arrangements have been previously made with an administrative hearing officer. After the ten working days, a $12.00 late fee will be added to the fine amount due on parking citations.

Code Enforcement violations such as Permitting/Licensing or Animal Care and Regulation violations may have steps taken to process liens against your real and personal property for failure to pay timely.

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What methods of payment are accepted and where do I send payments?

To make payments for Parking or Code Violations for Broward County Permitting/Licensing or Animal Care and Regulation citations, please choose one of the following options.

Option #1

Mail payment amount due, by check or money order, U.S. FUNDS ONLY. Be sure to send the citation, a late notice or a disposition notice, with the citation number on it, to ensure the payment is posted correctly. If your license plate renewal is suspended due to unpaid parking citations, you may not pay by personal check.

Option #2

You may make payment in person at one of the following courthouse locations in Broward County. NOTE: If your license plate renewal is suspended due to unpaid parking citations, you may not pay by personal check.

Main County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

North Satellite Courthouse
1600 Hillsboro Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

West Satellite Courthouse
100 N. Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324

South Satellite Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33021

Rick Case Honda
15700 Rick Case Honda Way
Davie, FL 33331

Option #3

You may pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) via the CHIPS (Courthouse Information and Payment System) by dialing (954) 712-7899. This is only available to make full payment on citations once they have been entered onto the citation system. This may take a number of weeks and could result in a late fee 10 days after the citation was issued. This option is only available to pay off the entire amount due. No partial payments can be made via credit card. Be sure you have the citation number and your credit card number readily available. Your citation number will need to be entered in the following format. Enter the 2 letter characters, followed by 8 numbers. If your citation number does not have 8 numbers, add as many zeros as necessary, between the 2 letters and the first number of your citation to make a total of 8 numbers. Do not include the 2 letters when counting the 8 numeric spaces.

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What about Code Violations like Permitting/Licensing/ or Animal Care?

If you have received a Code Violation for a Permitting/Licensing violation whose number begins with EB or an Animal Care and Regulation violation, whose number begins with AN, please choose one of the following options.

Option #1

To appeal or contest the violation, please review citation at the bottom, to see your hearing information date, time and location. You must appear as scheduled on your citation, to avoid further penalties. No other action is necessary to contest this violation.

Option #2

If you wish to pay the violation, please send payment in the pre-addressed citation envelope provided. Be advised, the fine payments are due within 10 days from the date the citation was issued. For other methods of payment, please see the section above on payment locations.

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