Where/how do I pay a parking ticket?
There are many ways you may pay for parking tickets.
- The ticket is a self-addressed envelope and may be mailed to the City of St. Charles with your check enclosed.
- You may drop the ticket, containing your cash or check payment, in the City Utility Drop Box located in the parking lot between the Fire Department and the Police Department.
- You may pay the ticket in person at the Utility Billing office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Acceptable forms of payment include cash, personal check, or money order (please do not mail cash). The amount of the fine is identified on the parking ticket and varies depending upon the violation and number of previous tickets incurred in the last 12 months. If you are paying by check, please make it out to City of St. Charles.
If you believe that a parking ticket was issued improperly, you may appeal by filling out a Parking Ticket Review Form online or filling out the form at the Police front desk Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and Midnight, or Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Or you may request a hearing at the City’s monthly Administrative Adjudication by contacting the Police front desk at 630-377-4435. Administrative Adjudication is a proceeding in front of a hearing officer who listens to evidence presented by the City of St. Charles and by the accused who then makes a determination of liability or non-liability. Such hearings can be utilized for non-criminal offenses that are punishable only by fine. The hearing officer is an attorney licensed by the State of Illinois. Illinois statutes allow for an appeal of the hearing officer's determination in the circuit court.
Such hearings allow the accused to present their case in a less formal atmosphere where the strict rules of evidence in the circuit court do not necessarily apply. The hearings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, making these hearings much more accessible than the circuit court. These hearings are designed for a fair and efficient disposition of an alleged ordinance violation. All unpaid tickets will be sent through this process.