A penalty charge notice (PCN) is issued by the council on public land – such as a council car park or high street.
Fines range from £50 to £160. They depend on where you are in the country and how serious your parking offence was.
It’s important not to ignore a PCN. If you haven’t paid within 28 days, you’ll get a ‘charge certificate’ – and you’ll have 14 days to pay the original fine plus 50% more.
You’ll get a court order demanding payment if you don’t pay a charge certificate within 14 days. Find out more on the GOV.UK website
To understand more about what action an enforcement agent can take, see the guides to bailiffs on the Citizens Advice website (They are known as sheriffs in Scotland.)
If you’re within the 28-day limit and think the PCN was unfair, you can appeal. If you do it within 14 days and your challenge is rejected, you might only have to pay 50% of the fine.
Follow the steps on your ticket as appeal rules can vary Citizens Advice have a guide to help you with what to say.