Parking and Municipal Code Violations Information

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets may be issued for parking:

  • At a meter after time has expired.
  • On the wrong side of a street with alternate parking; or for more than 12 hours on all other streets. (Six hours for commercial vehicles.)
  • 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.
  • Contrary to other City and State parking regulations as applicable.


Parking Violation Fines

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

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. 

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


The City's booting program is part of the ticketing process. A car can be booted if its owner has three or more unpaid parking violation tickets at least ninety days old. If your vehicle has been booted contact Paylock at 877-208-5421 or call 311 to obtain a clearance of all tickets owed.

Bring this form with you to the Parking Violations Bureau to get a clearance.

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

  • In person at 200 E. Main Street, Suite B-001 [ Map ], paying with cash, check, money order or card (Discover, MasterCard, Visa only).
    • No payments for tickets are accepted after 4:15 p.m.
    • No scofflaw clearances, boot releases, or releases from the pound are accepted after 4:00 p.m.
    • Office Hours are Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • By mail, send check or money order to:
    Parking Violations Bureau, City of Rochester, 200 E. Main Street, Suite B-001, Rochester, NY 14604-1712.
  • Online, paying with card.

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 or scheduled for a hearing within thirty days of being issued. Municipal Code violation fines may be doubled.

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 must be scheduled, and are held at the City’s Parking and Municipal Code Violations Bureau, 200 E. Main Street - Suite B-001, Rochester, NY 14604 [ Map ].

Hearing sessions begin at 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; occurring individually every 15 minutes, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (except holidays and weekends). Sign-in is 15 minutes before your scheduled hearing.

All hearings for parking and municipal tickets must be scheduled in advance.

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 and mailed into our office. 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 only. Hearings for all other municipal code violations are scheduled and heard only on Wednesdays.

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

Appeal Process

If you feel the examiner made an error in the fact of law, you have the right to appeal the determination 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.