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Appealing

Appealing a PCN

If you think you’ve been unfairly issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) from a local authority for parking your car, you have the right to appeal it.

The grounds of appeal for a parking ticket are limited and you have to act within a certain period of time. You cannot pay the PCN under protest and then later appeal.

Get the appeal process right, however, and there’s a strong chance of success. Although few people appeal the PCN they've been issued, two thirds of those that do win their case. Knowing where you stand legally and providing the right type of evidence will strengthen your case.

Which? Legal can help

Which? Legal specialist advisers can help you to appeal a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if you think it’s been wrongly issued. We can advise you on: 



  • the grounds for appealing a PCN
  • the time limits that apply for appealing a PCN
  • what to do if you think the local authority have not issued the PCN correctly
  • what evidence you should provide as part of your appeal


  • what to do if you receive a parking ticket from a private company as a result of parking in a private car park
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We're not on the clock. Our legal team will help you every step of the way, for a simple monthly fee.

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