Parking Citations

The City's Parking Enforcement officers regularly patrol to enforce regulations concerning the operation of vehicles as well as stopping, standing and parking on the City's streets. The Treasury Division is responsible for processing the payment of any citation issued by Parking Enforcement and for enforcing the collection of unpaid fines and penalties related to those citations.

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The City's Parking Enforcement officers regularly patrol to enforce regulations concerning the operation of vehicles as well as stopping, standing and parking on the City's streets. The Treasury Division is responsible for processing the payment of any citation issued by Parking Enforcement and for enforcing the collection of unpaid fines and penalties related to those citations. 

    How To Pay a Parking Citation

    The City offers the option of paying parking citations online, by phone, by mail, or in person. For more information, visit the Payments page. 

    Pay a Citation  

    NOTE: LICENSE TAG  violations listed below cannot be paid online.

    • 10-4-37.1 Enforcement of the Northern Virginia Local Motor Vehicle License Compact

    The City of Alexandria cannot accept online payment for parking citations issued to booted or impounded vehicles (violation code 3-2-336, 10-4-37, or 10-4-37.1). The boot violation must be resolved before the parking citation may be paid and verification is currently not automated. The vehicle owner or designee may pay in person at City Hall or mail the payment (by check or money order). If the vehicle owner chooses to pay by check or money order, he or she should write the citation number in the memo field. Returned checks are subject to a $35 fee in accordance with state law.

    For assistance, please contact the City's Treasury Division by email or by telephone at 703.746.3902.

    How to Request Information about a Parking Citation

    Vehicle owners wishing to request information about a specific parking citation may do so here or view all open citations for a specific vehicle by entering the vehicle's license plate number and state here.

    How to Contest a Parking Citation

    The City offers two ways to contest a parking citation: 

    1. If the citation was issued due to an error on the City's part, as defined by the conditions below, the registered vehicle owner or their designee may request an administrative review by the City’s Parking Adjudication Office within 10 calendar days of the issue date.
    2. If you believe the ticket is invalid for some other reason, or disagree with the Parking Adjudication Office’s ruling, you may appeal the citation to Alexandria General District Court.

    Administrative Reviews

    On occasion, the vehicle owner may believe the ticket was issued as the result of an error by the City. The Office of Parking Adjudication conducts administrative reviews to determine whether the parking citation was validly issued under applicable rules and ordinances. If you believe one of the following errors has occurred, your ticket may qualify for a City administrative review:

    • Citation issued for “Parking Contrary to Direction of Official Sign” or “Handicapped Parking” but signs were not displayed or improper signage.
    • Citation issued to incorrect tag number.
    • Citation issued for City Tag or Residential Parking violations, but vehicle owner has proof the tag or permit was displayed in accordance with City Code. Or, the permit was stolen, and the Citizen has reported it as required.
    • Parking Ticket issued for “Expired Meter”, but vehicle owner has an accurate receipt from Pango for the time issued.
    • Citation issued for City Tag violation, but the vehicle is not housed in the City of Alexandria.

    If you feel a citation was issued due to an administrative error, you can request an administrative review here using the City's  Call.Click.Connect. system. Please note, however, that only a limited range of disputes can be resolved through administrative review. Further, the Office of Parking Adjudication reserves the right to deny the request and require the vehicle owner to either pay the ticket or contest it in the General District Court. More information on whether your ticket may qualify for a City administrative review is available in the  Contesting a Parking Citation F.A.Q.

    Appeals to General District Court

    Vehicle owners may choose to submit a formal appeal to the General District Court. Hearings must be scheduled in advance and cannot be scheduled by physically appearing at General District Court. To schedule a hearing for District Court, the vehicle owner must complete a District Court form (one for each citation contested). The form must be mailed to City of Alexandria, P.O. Box 1423, Alexandria, VA 22314-1423 along with copies of the parking citation and the registered owner’s driver's license. By contesting a citation in General District Court, you may incur court costs. (More detailed information about the parking adjudication and General District Court hearing processes is available in the  Contesting a Parking Citation F.A.Q.

    Parking Fines as of July 1, 2012

    Ordinances are listed by title and in numerical order. To read the full text of any ordinance listed, visit municode and enter the ordinance number in the search box.

    Title 5: Transportation and Environmental Services 

    • 5-8-114 Designation of parking spaces; parking across lines: $40 

    Title 9: Licensing and Regulation (Sight-seeing buses) 

    • 9-12-162 Use of locations other than designated parking spaces by sight-seeing buses: $40 
    • 9-12-163 Use of locations designated for use by sight-seeing buses by other vehicles: $40 
    • 9-12-164 Use of designated spaces by sight-seeing buses: $40 

    Title 10: Motor Vehicles and Traffic (Operation of Vehicles; Stopping, Standing and Parking) 

    • 10-3-1242 Parking in spaces reserved for persons with a disability: $500 
    • 10-4-1 Stopping contrary to directions of police officers: $40 
    • 10-4-2 Parking contrary to official sign: $40 
    • 10-4-3 Right to parking space: $40 
    • 10-4-4 Stopping on crossing or obstructing traffic: $40 
    • 10-4-5 Double parking: $40 
    • 10-4-6 Parking trucks or commercial vehicles in residential districts: $40 
    • 10-4-7 Parking business vehicles on streets: $40 
    • 10-4-8 Parking more than 72 consecutive hours: $25 
    • 10-4-9 Parking trailers or recreational vehicles in residential districts: $40 
    • 10-4-10 Parking on sidewalk: $40 
    • 10-4-11 Parking in alleys or courts: $40 
    • 10-4-12 Parking vehicles on private property: $40 
    • 10-4-13 Stopping for repairs: $40 
    • 10-4-14 Use of bus stops: $40 
    • 10-4-15 Stopping for loading or unloading passengers or cargo: $40 
    • 10-4-16 Permit for parking truck beside railroad car on public right-of-way: $40 
    • 10-4-17 Angle parking for loading and unloading: $40 
    • 10-4-18 Use of loading zones: $40 
    • 10-4-22 How meter and space to be used: $40 
    • 10-4-23 Overtime parking: $40 
    • 10-4-24 Depositing coin in meter to extend time beyond maximum: $40 
    • 10-4-25 Permitting vehicle to remain at meter after expiration of time limit: $40 
    • 10-4-28 Parking across lines designating parking space: $40 
    • 10-4-30 Interfering with parking enforcement: $40 
    • 10-4-33 Use of metered parking lots by vehicles other than private passenger automobiles: $40 
    • 10-4-34 Parking illegally in permit parking districts: $40 
    • 10-4-35 Parking in two-hour parking zones in the central business district: $40 
    • 10-4-36 Removal of chalk mark placed for enforcement purposes: $40 
    • 10-4-37.1 Enforcement of the Northern Virginia Local Motor Vehicle License Compact: $40 
    • 10-4-38 Parking without display of current state inspection sticker or current state license plate: $40 
    • 10-4-39 Temporary parking prohibited: $40 
    • 10-4-40 Location of parked vehicles: $40 
    • 10-4-41 Parking prohibited at certain locations: $48 
    • 10-4-42 Parking prohibited near fire hydrant: $48 
    • 10-4-44 Parking prohibited in HOV lane: $200 

    Penalties for Late Payment or Failure to Pay

    1. A late payment penalty of $25 will be added to the original fine for any citation not paid by the due date.
    2. After three notices have been mailed requesting payment, the City will request that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) withhold registration renewals on any vehicle with a delinquent parking citation fine. Once a hold is in place, the vehicle owner will be required to pay the delinquent balance, plus an additional $20 administrative fee per hold, before DMV will renew their vehicle registration. Payment must be made by certified funds (cash, money order, or cashier’s check) or credit card for the stop to be removed. The stop will be removed within one business day of payment.
    3. The City will also authorize a collection agency to use all possible legal means to satisfy this outstanding parking citation. If an outstanding citation is referred for collection, the vehicle owner will be subject to additional collection fees amounting to 20 percent of the original amount due. 
    4. Residents should also be aware that three delinquent citation fines could result in the immobilization of their vehicle by the Police Department.

    Non-Registered Vehicles on Private Property

    If you are concerned about vehicles which may not be properly registered with the City parking on a private lot you own or manage, or on private property you own or manage, please fill out the following form to allow Tag and Parking Enforcement Personnel to patrol the property. Return the completed form to the Alexandria Police Department Parking Enforcement Unit.