The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Parking Citations & Appeals

Parking Citations & Appeals

The Parking and Traffic Rules and Fees for UW Seattle are under WAC 478-116.

Paying a Parking Citation

As indicated on all Parking Citation notices, applicable fines must be paid or contested within twenty (20) calendar days.

You can pay a parking citation online, or pay by check or money order (USD Only) payable to “University of Washington.” Do not send cash through the mail. Payment by phone is not available. Send payments to:

Commuter Services
Sales and Administration
Box 355360
3745 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-5360

If mailed, the postmark date is used as the date a payment is recorded by Commuter Services. In person payments are accepted during Commuter Services business hours of 7:30AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday. The office is closed Weekends and Holidays. Credit Card payments (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted by accessing the link above or visiting the Commuter Services office. Telephone service is not available.

Contesting a Parking Citation

You can download a Parking Citation Petition Form, or submit the form online. Online petition submissions are confirmed via email to the address provided.

Please note: The inability to submit an online petition shall not extend the twenty (20) calendar day deadline. Please download a Parking Citation Petition Form and submit via US Mail, Fax, or deliver directly to Commuter Services during business hours.

Contesting a citation indicates that you believe you were parked in accordance with the University of Washington parking rules and were incorrectly cited for a parking violation. Petitions shall be direct and address factual information only. Opinions, circumstances within your control (such as running late), and a lack of knowledge of UW parking regulations are generally not valid reasons for an appeal. Electing to appeal a citation waives the eligibility to pay the discounted fine amount.

For an appeal to be successful there must be substantial and valid evidence that the parking violation was NOT committed, it occurred due to circumstances beyond the customer’s control, or there exist other extraordinary circumstances that should be considered. Evidence must be provided when the petition is submitted. Examples of evidence include doctor/hospital notes or receipts, mechanic repair receipts, tow receipts, or other official forms of documentation. This documentation shall be submitted with the petition whether filed in person, by mail, or online.

The following reasons are not considered valid basis for appeal:

  • Lack of knowledge of rules and/or regulations

  • Other vehicles were parked improperly

  • Only parked improperly for a short period of time

  • Stated failure of parking officer to ticket previously for similar offenses

  • Late to class or appointment

  • Inability to pay the amount of the fine

  • No other place to park

  • There was a passenger left in the car

  • A note of explanation was left on the windshield

  • Violation not written for others in same or similar situation

Instructions for Contesting a Citation

  • Partial or Full Payment of the fine shall constitute a waiver to contest the citation.

  • Petition forms are available and accepted at the Commuter Services Office during business hours.

  • Please explain your basis for appeal with as much detail as possible.

  • Please include originals or copies of any documents or evidence (i.e Parking Permit, photographs, maps or letters).

  • Please retain a copy of the entire petition and any evidence for your records.

  • NO EMAIL: All petitions require a signature by the petitioner prior to acceptance. EXCEPTION: No signature requirement for petitions submitted online.

  • Petitions sent through US Mail or by Fax transmission (206-543-2409), must be postmarked or received by Commuter Services within twenty (20) calendar days for citation issuance.

  • Late petition submissions are not eligible for review. To avoid petition denial, please submit written petition within time limits stated above.

  • Upon receipt, the petition is scheduled for review by the Citation Hearing Office. The payment deadline for each petitioned citation is placed on hold while under review.

  • Requests for Oral Hearings must be received and scheduled within twenty (20) calendar days. Requests are accepted by contacting the Citation Hearing Office at 206-221-3701, or by visiting the Commuter Services office during business hours. Oral hearings are conducted in-person and subject to availability. If you cannot be scheduled, you must submit a written appeal as described above.

Vehicle Impoundment

A vehicle found on University of Washington property can be impounded in cases of:

  • Failure to pay fines
  • Public Safety concerns
  • Vehicle abandonment
  • Forged/Stolen/Altered Permits
  • Obstructing Traffic
  • Vehicle Reported Stolen
  • Vehicle Constitutes Evidence/Contains Evidence

To verify impoundment or to pay fines for vehicle release contact Commuter Services at 206-221-3701 Monday through Friday from 7:30AM until 5PM and 206-685-1553 from 5PM until 9:00PM and on Saturdays from 7AM until 11:30AM. Please note that our office is closed on weekends and holidays.

All outstanding fines must be paid in full prior to obtain release documentation. Only the Registered Owner(s) or Authorized Agent, who provides proof of a valid driver’s license, shall receive release documentation. A person authorized by the Registered Owner(s) shall also provide a Notarized (ID verification by a Notary Public is required) authorization to initiate vehicle redemption.

A valid driver’s license is required prior to payment or release.

Within twenty (20) calendar days you have the right to contest the validity of impoundment, the amount of applicable towing and storage fees, and shall have the motor vehicle released upon requesting a review provided in WAC 478-116-415, and paying any outstanding fines, towing and storage charges.

Other Information

Field personnel and Phone representatives are unable to adjudicate and/or dismiss Parking Citations.

Upon contacting the Commuter Services office, please have your license plate or citation number available. All Parking Violation notices include the license plate number and a designated citation number on the ticket.

Parking Citations are contested through written Parking Citation Petitions or in-person hearings. Completed Petitions must be received online or in the Commuter Services office within twenty (20) calendar days from citation issuance. In-person hearings must be scheduled/completed within twenty (20) calendar days from citation issuance.

Failure to respond with full payment or petition within twenty (20) calendar days shall result with imposition of the original fine and additional $25.00 late penalty. Penalties include vehicle impoundment at the owner’s expense. In addition, the registered owner(s) or permit holder(s) are subject to action by a collection agency, and campus parking permits and/or permit applications are subject to recall or denial. Students’ registration, transcripts, credits and refunds may be withheld until past due parking citations are paid.