Notice of Rejection (Penalty Charge)


Respond to notice of rejection

A notice of rejection is sent after the council has rejected your formal representation. You should respond with either an appeal to the tribunal or by making full payment.

You must appeal to the Tribunal within 28 days of receiving the notice or make payment in full.

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The Notice of Rejection must state that you have to make payment within 28 days from the date printed. The amount will not increase within 28 days. This is the last opportunity to make payment for the penalty charge.

Tribunal Appeal

A notice of rejection means that the appellant must now send their representations to London Tribunals were adjudicators can assess the representation. An appeal must be sent within 28 days although adjudicators can consider late appeals if you explain why the appeal is late.


If you ignore the notice of rejection, the council will send a charge certificate after 28 days and increase the amount due to either £165 for the lower rate PCNs or £195 for the higher rate PCN's.

Frequently Asked Questions

what does a notice of rejection mean?

A notice of rejection means the council does not agree with your representation and believes that you must pay the outstanding penalty charge notice. It must explain why the council have rejected your representation and provide details on making payment or appealing to the tribunal.

what should a notice of rejection include ?

According to the Civil Enforcement regulations here, the notice of rejection must include:
  • Information about the charge certificate being issued
  • Information about adjudicators awarding costs
  • State how an appeal must be made

How long do the council have to respond?

The law clearly states here (see point 6) that “the council have to respond to your appeal within 56 days.” If the council does not respond within 56 days, they are deemed to have accepted your appeal and must refund any money paid. Send them an email to remind them should of this duty and the appeal must be allowed and the penalty charge notice will be closed.

Best defences to a notice of rejection ?

The law states here that the notice of rejection must contain specific information and wording. So if the information above is not included, the council have made a procedural error and the adjudicator will allow the appeal. The Parking Mate UK app has a checklist for what the notice of rejection must contain.

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