How to appeal a parking fine

You can appeal a parking fine by requesting an internal review. 

All applications must be received by Yarra City Council before the due date on the infringement notice.

Before you request an internal review of your fine, you can view our photographs of your vehicle. You will need to provide the infringement number and vehicle registration number to access this information.

Grounds for appeal / review 

The Infringements Act 2006 outlines the grounds available when requesting an internal review of your fine.

Mistake of identity

When you were not the driver and did not commit the offence. In this case, you can nominate another person as a driver.

Contrary to law

If you believe no parking offence occurred.

Exceptional circumstances

Unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances where the offender was not able to prevent the offence from occurring. Please note, you must provide evidence that these circumstances are true.

Special Circumstances Review

This is defined by Infringement Act 2006 and relates to:

  • A person with a mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness, a serious addiction to drugs or alcohol which results in a person being unable to understand the offending conduct or unable to control the conduct.
  • Homelessness, where the homelessness results in the person being unable to control the offending conduct.
  • Family violence 

If you select this ground of review, you must include official letters of support or other documentation from treatment providers such as medical practitioners, social workers or drug and alcohol counsellors.

APPEAL a parking fine ONLINE

Non valid grounds for appeal / review 

The following reasons will not result in the withdrawal of an infringement. 

  • There was nowhere else to park
  • Stopping for a short time in a prohibited area
  • Being a resident, ratepayer or local employee or business owner
  • Not understanding or misreading the parking signs
  • Being a first-time parking offender
  • Forgetting to read the sign because you were concentrating on other things
  • Believing that because the ticket machine was broken there were no restrictions
  • Forgetting to display your permit correctly.

Most common type of offences

Period longer

Time limits ensure busy areas remain accessible for all users. An over-stay of even a couple of minutes can result in a fine.

In a permit zone

In areas where parking is limited we have set aside parking areas for residents, or other designated groups. Parking without a permit can result in a fine.

Fail to pay (no valid ticket)

You are required to pay the parking as shown and display the ticket. The onus is on drivers to ensure they have sufficient money to cover the cost of parking and that the time paid for is sufficient. You can also purchase time on the PayStay app now.

Faulty Ticket Machine

In the event of a faulty ticket machine, the parking space must only be used for the time limit shown on the signs, or a fine can result. If one is broken you should purchase a ticket from a working machine in the surrounding area.

In a no stopping area

"No stopping" means no stopping at all. No stopping zones are placed in busy traffic and high pedestrian areas especially around schools to protect the safety of pedestrians and keep traffic moving.

Stopping to let someone out, or into a car, regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle, is not allowed.

In a loading zone/taxi zone/bus zone

Only authorised vehicles may stop in a zone marked for loading, taxis or buses and only when delivering or picking up goods, services or people. Magnetic signs are not permitted. If there is no time limit on the sign, 30 minutes is the maximum time that an authorised vehicle may park in a Loading Zone.

More information 

For more information, contact us on 9205 5555 or email