Pay a parking or bus gate fine

How to pay your parking ticket (PCN) or (ECN).

Parking fines during the coronavirus outbreak

We will look at any penalty and consider any mitigating circumstances such as delivering supplies or helping someone self-isolating. It does not mean we'll cancel all charges. Follow the appeals process, outlining the circumstances.

You will only have to pay half the charge if you pay within the shorter time shown on your penalty charge notice (PCN) or excess charge notice (ECN). After this time, the full amount is due.

Pay a fine issued in Oxfordshire

This includes PCNs issued through bus lane enforcement in Oxford City.

You will need:

  • the penalty charge notice (PCN) number from your parking ticket
  • your car registration number
  • a valid credit or debit card.

If don't know your PCN ticket number then you can contact us.

Pay a fine issued in Oxfordshire

Pay by telephone

You can pay your parking penalty over the phone with a debit or credit card. Phone 0345 337 1138 (option 1).

Pay by post

Please do not send cash.

Make your cheque or postal order payable to 'Oxfordshire County Council'. Write the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) number on the back of the cheque.

Complete the slip on the PCN, attach it to the cheque, and send it to the address given on the notice.

Pay a fine issued in Abingdon or Henley - issued before 1 November 2021

You will need:

  • the penalty charge notice (PCN) number from your parking ticket
  • your car registration number
  • a valid credit or debit card.

If don't know your ECN ticket number then you can contact us.

Pay a fine issued in Abingdon

Pay a fine issued in Henley

Pay by telephone

You can pay your parking penalty over the phone with a debit or credit card. Phone 03300 889 694. 

Pay by post

Please do not send cash.

Make your cheque or postal order payable to 'Oxfordshire County Council'. Write the Excess Charge Notice (ECN) number on the back of the cheque.

Complete the slip on the ECN, attach it to the cheque, and send it to:

Oxfordshire County Council,
PO Box 597,
Northampton
NN4 7XN

Pay a fine issued in West Oxfordshire

Pay a parking fine issued by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Tickets issued elsewhere in the county

If your ticket was issued elsewhere in the county, please follow the instructions on the back of the notice.

What happens if you don't pay a fine

On-street fine

You can challenge your ticket if you think it's wrong.

You will not have to pay the fine if your informal challenge is accepted.

If you do not pay or challenge the fine within 28 days, we will issue a document called a 'Notice to Owner'.

Making a formal challenge (called a 'representation')

The 'notice to owner' will explain how to pay or make a representation.  

You have 28 days to pay or make a representation. You will not have to pay the fine if your challenge is accepted.

If you do not pay or appeal, we'll issue a late penalty ('charge certificate'). The penalty will increase by 50%.

You have 14 days to pay. After that, we can register the debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC). Our TEC is Northampton County Court.

The TEC will issue an 'order for recovery of unpaid penalty charge' (TE7). The TE7 includes a witness statement (TE9). The charge will be the unpaid PCN, plus a £9 debt registration fee.

You have 21 days to either:

  • pay the PCN, plus an £9 registration fee
  • return the completed witness statement.

Witness statement

You can only use the witness statement for one of these four reasons:

  • You did not get a notice to owner.
  • You made a formal challenge (representation) but didn't get a rejection notice.
  • You appealed to a parking adjudicator against our decision to reject your representations but received no response to the appeal.
  • You paid the penalty charge in full.

Warrant of execution

If you don't pay or complete a witness statement, we can ask the TEC for authority to prepare a warrant of execution.  The warrant authorises a certificated bailiff to seize and sell goods belonging to you to the value of the outstanding amount plus the cost of executing the warrant.

Bus gate fine

You have 28 days to pay or make a formal challenge (called a 'representation'). If you do not pay or challenge, we'll issue a late penalty ('charge certificate'). The penalty will increase by 50%.  

You have 14 days to pay. After that, we can register the debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) at Northampton County Court.

The TEC will issue an 'order for recovery of unpaid penalty charge' (PE2). The charge will be the unpaid PCN, plus a £9 debt registration fee. The PE2 includes a statutory declaration form for (PE3).

You have 21 days to either:

  • pay the PCN, plus a £9 registration fee
  • return a signed and completed statutory declaration form.

Making a statutory declaration

You can only use the statutory declaration form for one of these three reasons:

  • You did not get a PCN.
  • You made a formal challenge (representation) but didn't get a rejection notice.
  • You appealed to a parking adjudicator against our decision to reject your representations but received no response to the appeal.

You must sign a statutory declaration in the presence of a commissioner for oaths, an officer of a county court appointed by a judge to take affidavits or a justice of the peace. 

Warning Filing a false declaration knowingly and wilfully is a criminal offence under Section 5 of the Perjury Act 1911. You may be imprisoned for up to two years or fined (or both).

If you don't pay or complete a statutory declaration, we can ask the TEC for authority to prepare a warrant of execution.  The warrant authorises a certificated bailiff to seize and sell goods belonging to you to the value of the outstanding amount plus the cost of executing the warrant.