Parking and Municipal Code Violations Bureau

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets may be issued for parking:

  • More than twelve hours on-street in designated areas (six hours for trucks).
  • At a meter after time has expired.
  • On the wrong side of a street with alternate parking.
  • In a loading zone.
  • In a no-parking zone.
  • Less than five feet from a driveway.
  • In a no-standing zone or stopping in a no-stopping zone.
  • Less than fifteen feet from a fire hydrant.
  • On a sidewalk.
  • Contrary to snow ordinance regulations.
  • Without displaying a valid handicapped permit.
  • Without displaying a valid inspection certificate.
  • Without displaying a valid certificate of registration.
  • Contrary to other City and State parking regulations as applicable.

Payment for parking tickets can be made in the following ways:

  • In person at 42 South Avenue [ Map ], paying with cash, check, money order or card (Discover, MasterCard, Visa only).
    • No payments for tickets are accepted after 4:45 p.m. 
    • No scofflaw clearances or releases from the pound are accepted after 4:30 p.m. 
     
  • By mail, send check or money order to:
    Parking Violations Bureau, City of Rochester, 42 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14604-1712.
     
  • Online, paying with card.

Fines from parking tickets must be paid within 30 days of a ticket's issue date. If not, fines increase according to the table below.

Parking Violation Fines

All listed fines already include a $15 NYS surcharge, and handicapped fines already include a $30 NYS surcharge.

If Initial Fine Value Is: $40 $50 $105 $150
After 30 Calendar Days, Fine Plus Late Fee Is: $75 $95 $190 $235
After 75 Calendar Days, Fine Plus Late Fee Is: $95 $115 $200 $245
After 90 Calendar Days, Ticket Is In Default, Goes To Collection: $95 $115 $200 $245

Municipal Code Tickets

Municipal Code tickets are issued for violations of the City Code, property codes, licensing codes, fire codes, refuse codes, etc. Tickets issued for code violations can be paid in person or by mail at the address above. Municipal Code tickets cannot be paid online at this time.

As with parking tickets, municipal code violation ticket fines have late fees (default fines) added if they are not paid within thirty days of being issued. Municipal Code violation fines can range from twenty-five ($25) to ten thousand ($10,000) dollars depending on the violation.

Hearings for Tickets

When tickets are issued by the City of Rochester, recipients of these tickets (Respondents) have the right to contest them in a legal administrative proceeding known as a hearing.

All hearings are held at the City’s Parking and Municipal Code Violations Bureau, 42 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14604 [ Map ].

Hearing sessions begin at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (no holidays or weekends). Sign-in for morning sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 10 a.m. Sign in for afternoon sessions runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Hearings for parking tickets and red-light camera tickets can be scheduled in advance or requested on a walk-in basis during the times above.

If you reside outside of Monroe County, or are unable to appear in person for a hearing, you may request an ex-parte hearing whereby your testimony/defense is submitted in writing. Your testimony will be presented to a hearing examiner for review and determination.

Hearings for property violations tickets must be scheduled in advance. They are heard on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Hearings for all other municipal code violations are scheduled and heard only on Wednesdays.

Respondents who fail to appear for a scheduled hearing will be found guilty by default, and an entry of civil judgment will be filed.

Appeal Process

You have the right to appeal the determination of the Hearing Examiner only if your plea at the hearing is Not Guilty.

You must file your request for appeal within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of your original hearing on this matter.

You must also state the reason for your appeal on the back of the Appeal Request Form 

Authorization for Others’ Appearance

If you are not the registered owner of a vehicle, or you are not the respondent of a municipal code ticket, you must obtain written authorization from the respondent (or registered vehicle owner) to appear for a hearing. The authorization must be notarized. To authorize such an appearance, please use the appropriate affidavit form below:

If the property manager is a company, the company must also submit authorization for an individual to appear on the company’s behalf.

Questions?