Parking Tickets are Expensive: Beverly Hills Waives Erroneous Parking Tickets as a Courtesy

In cities like Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills an average parking ticket is around sixty bucks, if not more. Drivers often get issued parking tickets in error and usually pay them rather than try to contest the fees because the process is lengthy and usually unsuccessful.  However, in the city of Beverly Hills, they make it simple: you need only apply to get your fee waived and it’ll be done (but only the first time).

In the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood once someone feels he or she was issued a parking ticket in error, the options are clear:

  • Accept it and pay the parking ticket on or before the due date.
  • Contest the parking ticket and wait for the results.

Once the investigation takes place and if you’re found innocent, a refund will be issued. In most cases, though, you’re not found innocent and the funds are kept by the city.  However the City of Beverly Hills is very different.

Anyone who feels they were issued a parking ticket in Beverly Hills in error, may apply for a one time waiver fee and no payment is required.

I found all of this out last week when I was issued a parking citation in error on Canon Drive. The staff in City Hall could not have been any nicer in offering a one-time fee waiver for the ticket. I know: not what you’d expect, right?

This sets the tone for how Beverly Hills treats its community and sets itself apart from other cities. Most drivers including myself are not aware of this and often pay a ticket even know they knew they hadn’t done anything wrong.

Have you experienced receiving parking tickets that were issued in error and found it difficult to have them waived? Please share your thoughts and comments and let’s make this information helpful for others.

Top photo courtesy of DieselDeltic’s Flickr

Comments 6
  1. Gertrude says:

    I disagree with you that drivers are usually ticketed in ERROR. Just because one is UNAWARE of a parking restriction does NOT mean that a restriction does not exist. It is your responsibility to find out what the restrictions are in any area that you wish to park. As far as I know, BH WILL waive a first overnight cite fee, but to suggest that it will waive ANY sort of first citation fee is at best overstated and at worse a falsehood. Read the signs, and for the love of God and country…TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!

  2. Ryan Mason says:

    Certainly there are cases when drivers simply don’t realize the restrictions, but those aren’t errors on the part of the city. Those giving out parking tickets are human, too, and prone to error just like the rest of us. While no one should count on the BH policy of waiving first citations (whatever the actual rule on it), it’s nice to know that there are some leniencies available when a true error is made. I don’t think anyone suggested that this means that you don’t need to pay attention to the restrictions.

  3. Jennifer H. says:

    I just got a parking ticket as well. Can you let me know how to get it waived?

  4. Joseph West says:

    Jennifer, The city of Beverly Hills sometimes allows a waiver for a 1st time citation, providing there was a good explanation to why it was issued in error. I recommend you fill out the proper paper work ( its a one page form ) at the parking citation office , across from the Beverly Hills Library .

  5. Jim says:

    Can you pls share how you got it waived ? I didn’t see anywhere on their website that they will waive the first meter violation ? Or is it just a lesser known fact from experience ?

    • joseph west says:

      with my experience for 1st timers with good explanation , the citation was waived. Also, if you need more time to pay, the best way to go about it is : on or before the due date you can fill out the form to contest the ticket . They usually take up to 4 weeks or more to respond and when they do respond they give you another 21 days to pay it . I hope this helps :)

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