Del Norte County Code
10 - Vehicles and Traffic
12 - Parking Enforcement
40 - Summary of Procedures
This procedure encompasses two sequential stages of review available to persons or entities wishing to contest citations for parking or standing violations:
1. Administrative review; and
2. Administrative hearing.
The first stage, administrative review, is initiated by a contestant's timely written, telephonic, or in-person request for review of the circumstances surrounding issuance of the citation. The contestant will be required to complete a review request form. The reasons for the contest must be specified in the form in order to focus the investigation. The review process consists of an investigation by the issuing agency staff, who will review the citation and the circumstances surrounding its issuance. The results of this process will be mailed to the contestant within fourteen (14) days of the request for review.
The second stage, administrative hearing, is initiated by a contestant who is not satisfied with the results of the administrative review. To initiate this process, the contestant must, on the written request form provided by the county, indicate whether the contestant prefers a hearing by mail or in person. The reasons for the contest much also be articulated on the form. In order to perfect the appeal, the contestant must also deposit the amount of the parking penalty, at the time the administrative hearing is requested. If any of these requirements are not met within the prescribed time limits, the appeal will be untimely and will be rejected. The hearing will be conducted by an independent hearing examiner. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this procedure. A written determination of the contest will be provided to the contestant personally, or by mail. Finally, appeal of the county's final decision on the citation may be made to the Superior Court.