Parking/Abatement

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Procedure to Contest a Parking Ticket

  1. If you wish to contest a parking citation, you must request an Initial Review by this agency by telephone, mail (sorry - no e-mail), or in person within 25 days of the date the citation was issued, or within 10 days of the mailing of the Notice of Parking Violation. The request for Initial review shall include your written explanation of the reasons for contesting the parking violation. This request must be completed by the Registered Owner of the vehicle (because that's who is ultimately responsible for the citation).   Request for Parking Ticket Review Form (PDF File)
  2. If you are not satisfied with the results of the Initial Review, you may, by the 15th day following the mailing of Initial Review, Disposition, contest the citation through an Administrative Hearing conducted by a Hearing Examiner. To request an Administrative Hearing, you must complete the following steps:
    • Deposit the full amount of the parking penalty with the Eureka Police Department. This deposit will be refunded if you prevail in the Administrative Hearing.
    • Provide a written explanation of the reason for contesting the parking citation.
    • Appear at the Hearing at the proper date and time. If you cannot appear in person, you can arrange to have your Hearing conducted by Written Declaration.  Hearings by Written Declaration will only be forwarded to the Hearing Examiner after deposit of the full fine is made.  If you prevail in the Hearing, this fee will be refunded.
  3. All necessary forms for any of the above procedures may be obtained from the Eureka Police Department. There will be a charge of $2.00 for any duplicate citation you request.  You may also click on the link above to obtain the "Request for Parking Ticket Review" form.
  4. If you are not satisfied with the Decision of the Hearing Examiner, you may appeal the decision directly to the Municipal Court within 20 days of the mailing of the final decision of the Hearing Examiner. A fee of $25.00 shall be paid to the Court to initiate the appeal process. If you prevail in the Court Appeal, that fee will be refunded.

RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT:

The intent of the residential parking permit program is to allow for residents within the Downtown/Old Town area to park in City parking lots beyond the parking time limits and without paying parking meter fees.

Residential Parking Permits may be obtained by eligible and qualified residents in accordance with the terms and provisions of the program as set forth below for an annual fee of $50.

Please return applications and proof of residency to the Engineering Department at 531 K Street, 3rd Floor of City Hall, or email to engineering@ci.eureka.ca.gov.  For questions call (707) 441-4194.

REPORT ABANDONED AUTOS:

To report an abandoned vehicle in the city limits of Eureka, call the abatement team at (707) 268-5232 or email eurekapoliceabatement@ci.eureka.ca.gov with the location, vehicle description, license plate number and how long it has been abandoned.