Citation Questions

How do I pay my parking citation?

Citation payments may be paid on the Online Parking Services page, by mail, in person, or by depositing them in a courtesy box. Fines may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the City of Champaign. Please write the citation number(s) or license plate number on your payment to receive proper credit. Credit and debit payments (VISA, MasterCard & Discover) are accepted in person, over the telephone or online. Customer Service staff are available during regular business hours to answer questions concerning parking citations.

Yellow courtesy boxes are located at the following locations:

Downtown:

Campus:

  • Sixth & Green Streets
  • Sixth & Daniel Streets
  • Sixth & John Streets

It is not recommended that cash be mailed or deposited in a courtesy box.

Citations that have been paid cannot be appealed.

What happens if I don’t pay my citation(s)?

 Failure to pay outstanding parking citations may result in booting and/or towing of the vehicle or driver’s license suspension.

How do I appeal a parking citation?

If you question the validity of a parking citation, you may appeal it within 7 days of issuance by one of the options listed below. Citations that have been paid cannot be appealed.

  1. File the appeal online at the Online Parking Services page.
  2. File the appeal in person at the Parking Programs Office, 702 Edgebrook Drive; at the Finance Department on the Second Floor of the City Building at 102 N Neil Street; or at the Front Desk at the Champaign Police Department at 82 E University Avenue.
  3. Write a short statement that includes: (1) the parking violation notice number; (2) your full name, address, and telephone number(s); (3) the license plate number, make, model, and year of the vehicle; (4) any documentary evidence that rebuts the charge; and (5) a written statement signed by the appealing party setting forth facts relevant to establishing a defense to the charge. Forward the statement and the copy of the citation to the Parking Programs Office by mail or by depositing this information into one of the City of Champaign orange courtesy boxes.
  4. Download the Citation Appeal Form.  Submit the completed for to the Parking Programs Office in person, by postal mail (702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign, IL 61820), email (parkingcollections@ci.champaign.il.us), fax (217-403-4755), or by depositing it into the City of Champaign yellow courtesy boxes (see above for locations).
  5. If you are not satisfied with the results of this appeal and wish to pursue the matter, you may request a hearing with the hearing officer by filling out this form and submitting it to our office within seven days of the date of your Notification of Decision. The Legal department will then contact you and schedule the date and time of your hearing.

Once all of the required information has been received, the appeal will be reviewed by a supervisor. If the appeal is determined to be valid, the citation will be voided. If the citation is upheld as valid, you will have seven (7) days to pay the fine at the amount it was when the appeal was submitted. Results of the appeal review will be mailed to the appealing party for either outcome.

I was issued a citation that says “Abandoned/Inoperable.” What does this mean?

A vehicle may be cited as “abandoned/inoperable” in either of the two following circumstances:

  1. City Code prohibits vehicles that have not been moved or used for more than 3 days, have broken windows or flat tires from parking on City streets or public property. Also prohibited are vehicles parked in a City parking lot or in a metered space 24 hours in excess of the parking limit for that lot or meter. Such vehicles will be considered abandoned/inoperable and subject to ticketing and/or towing.
  2. Vehicles parked on Champaign City streets and in City-owned lots must display current license plates and sticker at all times. Vehicles found in violation may be ticketed and/or towed.

What are the parking fine amounts?

ViolationCity Code Section1st Issued Citation (in 365 day cycle)2nd Issued Citation (in 365 day cycle)3-4 Issued Citations (in 365 day cycle)5 or More Issued Citations (In 365 day cycle)
TIME EXPIRED (ACCUMULATION)
33-81$0.00$15.00$25.00$35.00
If Time Expired Citation is Unpaid after 7 daysAdd $5.00 (late fee = $5 + amount of citation)If Time Expired Citation is Unpaid after 30 days Add $10 (late fee = $15 + amount of citation)
OTHER TYPES OF VIOLATIONS
VIOLATIONCITY CODE SECTIONINITIAL FINEIF UNPAID AFTER 7 DAYSIF UNPAID AFTER 14 DAYSIF UNPAID AFTER 30 DAYS
PERMIT PARKING33-86$30$35X$45
ABANDONED/INOPERABLE & NUISANCE VEHICLES33-152$25$50$100X
PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIC PLACES
33-62$30$35X$45
TIME LIMIT ON PARKING (Time zones)
33-81$20$25X$35
NOT WITHIN THE LINES
33-75$30$35X$45
COMMERCIAL LOADING ZONES
33-125$30$35XX
MANNER OF PARKING/PARKING DISTRICT
33-76$30$35X$45
NO PARKING 3AM-5AM
33-77$30$35X$45
NO PARKING IN ALLEY
33-58$30$35X$45
HANDICAP PARKING (PUBLIC)
33-55$250XXX
LOADING ZONE
33-122$30$35XX
PARKING METER BAGGED/TEMP RESERVED
33-78$30$35X$45
RESTRICTIONS RESIDENTIAL STREETS
33-141$15$20XX
PARKING VEHICLE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
33-60$30$35X$45
PARKING AT CAB OR BUS STAND
33-56$30$35X$45
PARKING IN A CONSTRUCTION AREA
33-61.1$250$300XX
MANNER OF PARKING AT CURB
33-54$30$35X$45
SLUGS PROHIBITED
33-85$30$35X$45
RESTRICTION ON BUSINESS STREET
33-142$15$20XX
PRIVATE PROPERTY/HANDICAPPED PARKING
33-60(B)$250XXX
EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES
33-102$15$20XX
FOR SALE SIGN ON PARKED VEHICLE
33-57$30$35X$45
PEDDLING MERCH. FROM PARKED VEHICLE
33-59$30$35X$45
PARKING BICYCLES
33-61$30$35X$45