On Street PCN (Penalty Charge)

Windscreen pcn issued

How to appeal On street pcn

You walk back to your car and see a yellow parking ticket stuck on your windscreen. When you get an on street pcn, the feeling is often that the parking fine is unfair. This guide give you the full details on how to appeal and contest your parking fine at each stage.

“It is for the enforcing authority (the Authority) to prove a contravention has occurred on the balance of probabilities. The law is clear that an appellant does not have to prove anything.” John Hamilton (London Tribunal Adjudicator) Case 2200120499

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You can pay within 14 days at the discounted rate or you can pay the full rate within 28 days. Once payment is made, the council will close the case and it can not be appealed.


An appeal must be sent to the council within 28 days from the date printed on the PCN. This will be the informal representation. You will have 2 further opportunities to appeal when the notice to owner and notice of rejection are issued.


You should never ignore the penalty charge notice because enforcement will continue if there is no representation. If ignored, the council will send a notice to owner after 28 days and the discount rate may not be available. If you do not send your representations to the notice to owner, enforcement will continue and costs will increase until a court order is issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Pcn on the windscreen ?

A penalty charge notice issued to a vehicle must either be placed on the vehicle or be handed to the driver. The Civil Enforcement legislation states that the PCN must be placed on the windscreen or handed to the driver. If this did not happen, it is a good point to include in your appeal.

Time limit to issue pcn ?

For on street parking, the authority must issue the PCN to the vehicle or person in charge of the vehicle. If the civil enforcement officer (CEO) is prevented from serving the PCN, they can send it by post within 28 days.

How to appeal a windscreen pcn?

The best way to appeal a windscreen PCN is by using facts and law to build your case. If you have evidence that the contravention did not occur or that you did not see relevant signs, these points will be useful to include in your appeal letter. Please check the council page for contact details of each London Council.

Do you have to pay?

Penalty charge notices issued by the local council can only be closed if an appeal is successful or payment is made. Local council have powers to enforce penalty charge notices as if they were issued by a court order. If you do not respond or pay, the enforcement process will continue and the cost can be up to £1000 if a vehicle is recovered.

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