Disputing a parking ticket
Receive a parking ticket you don’t agree with?
You can appeal a parking ticket within 14 days of it being issued by requesting an administrative review for a number of violations. Please see a list of violations that can be disputed in the Common Questions section below. Please note that ticket disputes will not be accepted for tickets that have been paid as payment is considered admission of guilt to the offence. Tickets issued on private property cannot be reviewed by Parking Services staff. To dispute a ticket issued on private property, please submit a letter from the property management group requesting the ticket be cancelled.
Given current public health directives, motorists are reminded that even if isolating, they are responsible to make arrangements to ensure their vehicle is parked legally. Isolation will not be accepted as grounds for a parking ticket dispute.
How do I dispute my parking ticket?
If you wish to appeal a parking ticket, you can do so online, by mail, or in person. Allow 7–14 business days for Parking Services to advise you of the outcome.
By self-service online: visit our online portal to dispute your ticket
Submitting a Ticket Review Form [PDF]
PO Box 1749
Drop it off at any Municipal Customer Service Centre.
How to pay a parking ticket
Parking tickets are due 60 days after the ticket was issued.
You are able to pay the parking ticket up until 11:59p.m. on the night before your arraignment date. After that time the ticket is no longer payable to Halifax Regional Municipality and payment must be made to the Provincial Courthouse.
When paying your ticket, keep in mind:
- You are only eligible for the discounted price of a pay station violation if the ticket is paid within 7 days from ticket issuance
- You have 14 days from the date of ticket issuance to apply for a review
- Payment of a ticket is considered admission of guilt to the offence. Disputes will not be accepted for tickets that have been paid and refunds are not offered on ticket payments
Option 1: pay your ticket before the due date
Pay online: https://hrm.aimsparking.com/
You can pay your Halifax parking ticket online using VISA or Mastercard. If you are paying a ticket with an issue date on October 6, 2020 or before, you must do so in person at one of our Customer Service Centres.
Pay in person:
Pay your ticket at any Municipal Customer Service Centre from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Customer Service Centres accept cash, debit, and credit.
Option 2: pay your ticket on or after the due date
If you don’t pay Halifax Regional Municipality before the due date, you must make your payment to the Provincial Courthouse. See penalty details on the front of the ticket for payment amount.
On or after the due date, you may visit the Provincial Courthouse to pay the ticket.
Failure to pay or make a plea will result in an automatic conviction, where you will be responsible for the fine as outlined on the front of your original ticket. For payment arrangements or any further questions, contact the Provincial Courthouse at 902.424.8718.
If you do not pay this penalty by the court date or do not appear in court as directed by the Summons, the Justice will enter a conviction in your absence resulting in a fine. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles may not allow you to renew your license or vehicle permit until the fine is paid. A fee in addition to the fine may be applied by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
Common questions about ticketing
- What kind of ticket can I dispute?
The parking charges listed below are the most common violations you can appeal. The following types of parking tickets can be disputed, but you’ll need to provide supporting documentation (as indicated) to prove.
01–No Parking (s.143(1))
You can dispute a ticket for parking in a no-parking zone in the following circumstances:
If the vehicle is a delivery or service vehicle. Please submit as proof: a receipt, invoice, or work order, including date, time and location or civic address.
If your vehicle was broken down. Please submit as proof: a receipt for repairs or for towing.
05–Parking during Winter Ban (4a)
You can ask to have a winter ban ticket dismissed if:
- You are a physician or surgeon parked reasonably near their office or residence and immediately available for professional calls, or parked reasonably near where they are engaged in professional duties.
- You are Police Officer, a member of the Police of Canadian Forces, or as a member of the Halifax Regional Fire Service actively engaged in duties. Please submit proof on letterhead advising that you were actively engaged in duties.
- If your vehicle was stopped in this zone so you could actively engage in loading or unloading something.
- If the vehicle is a taxi and parked at a taxi stand
- If the vehicle belongs to a public utility company or corporation parked reasonably near the residence of an operator and immediately available for emergency calls. Please submit proof on utility company letterhead.
13–Private Property (s.149(1))
Please submit as proof documentation on letterhead requesting cancellation from the property owner or authorized representative. (For example, you are a resident in a building and the superintendent accidentally asked for your car to be ticketed.)
20–Accessible Zone Private Property (s.145(4))
Please submit as proof documentation on letterhead requesting cancellation along with confirmation of the valid accessible permit (permit number) from the property owner or authorized representative.
27–Accessible Parking Zone (s. 145(3))
Please submit as proof a copy of your permit number from a valid accessible permit.
28–Fire Lane (s. 150(2))
If you are ticketed for parking in a fire lane that has not been approved by the municipality, you can request a letter from the property owner to show you were allowed to park there. You can never park in an approved fire lane.
42–Pay Station Violation (13)(b)(2)
In the following situations you can request that your meter violation ticket is dismissed:
If the vehicle is Department of National Defence marked or vehicles rented by DND displaying pass with red stripe.
If the vehicles are delivery or service vehicles. Please submit as proof a receipt, invoice, or work order including date, time, and location or civic address.
If the vehicle was stopped in this zone and actively engaged in loading or unloading from the vehicle (no longer than 30 minutes).
If there was no zone letter on the ticket.
- What are my other options?
If you have already disputed it and your ticket has been found valid by the municipality and you still don’t agree, you can plead not guilty. You can also choose to plead not guilty instead of disputing your ticket.
You will receive a Summons by mail. This Summons will indicate the date, time and place to appear in court. This is your arraignment.
Your first appearance will be to enter a plea only.
If the registered owner cannot attend on the arraignment date, a friend or relative may enter a plea on your behalf and a date/time for the trial will be set.
- What happens if I do nothing?
If you do not dispute the ticket or make a plea, after the due date of the ticket you will be automatically found guilty.
- How much does a paystation parking ticket cost?
A fee for a paid parking violation is $35, $30 if paid within the first seven (7) days of issuance. All other parking violations fine amounts are on the face of the ticket.
Note: paying your parking ticket is an admission of guilt, you cannot dispute your parking ticket after posting payment
- How long do I have to dispute a parking ticket?
You have 14 days from the date of issuance to dispute a parking ticket.
- Where can I pay my parking ticket?
You can pay for your parking ticket online or in person at a Customer Service Centre.
- I've received a paper ticket but cannot find it in the self-serve portal. How do I pay this ticket?
If the HRM parking ticket is legible, then bring the parking ticket with you to one of our HRM Customer Service Centers and you can pay with cash, debit or a credit card. If the ticket is not legible, please call 311.
- How do I dispute a parking ticket?
How do I dispute a parking ticket? Please call 311 or hit "Dispute Parking Ticket" using our self-service portal. Once a dispute is submitted, please allow 7-14 business days for Parking Services to advise of the outcome.