Parking Enforcement

The Parking Enforcement Process

  Civil Citation (Green) Parking Ticket (Gold)
You Receive A...
Civil Parking Citation
(Two Hour Parking, Loading, etc.)
Traffic Violation
(Handicapped, Permit, and Fire Zone violations, etc.)
What Happens
Citation Issued
Handled Online
Summons Issued
Handled by the Municipal  Court
Payment
Pay Online or In-Person*
Pay Online or In-Person*

 

 

Payment Options

Mail or In-Person (Summons):
8101 Ralston Rd,
Arvada, Colorado 80002
8:00am - 5:00pm M-F**

 

Municipal Court →

Online: 

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Understanding Citations

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Types of Citations

Parking tickets may be issued for a  traffic violation  or a  civil citation   .

Statute

Civil Citation

Fine

Late Fee

54-155

PARKING VIOLATIONS INVOLVING SIGNAGE, GENERALLY

 

 

54-155 (a)

TIMED PARKING LIMITATIONS IN VIOLATION OF POSTED SIGN

$25.00

$50.00

54-155 (b)

STOPPING OR STANDING RESTRICTIONS IN VIOLATION OF POSTED SIGN

$25.00

$50.00

54-155 (c)

PARKING PROHIBITIONS IN VIOLATION OF POSTED SIGN

$25.00

$50.00

54-156

PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

 

 

54-156 (a)

PARK, STAND, OR STOP ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT CONSENT OF OWNER

$25.00

$50.00

 

What is the difference between a civil citation and a traffic violation? 

civil citation results in a fine; the remedy will be civil and will  not require a court appearance. A dispute of a citation would be civil in nature and would be handled by a hearing officer appointed by the City Manager. The process can be handled entirely online.

A municipal traffic citiation is a violation of the Model Traffic Code and includes  handicapped parking violations, fire zones parking violations, parking more than 12" inches from the curb and parking too close to a fire hydrant . These types of parking violations are considered traffic violations, and violators are issued a summons, which goes through the court system. Failure to respond to a traffic violation can result in an arrest warrant being issued.

I got a ticket! What do I do?

Coming soon!

Why did I get a ticket?

If you received a ticket in the City of Arvada for a parking violation , the ticket will cite a specific offense .  Parking tickets are in the form of an envelope and the fine amount is listed next to the violation. You will need to pay your fine on or before the due date specified near the bottom right-hand corner of the ticket.

“Parking” is defined in the Model Traffic Code as the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than very briefly for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading property or passengers.  There are no warnings given for these violations.

Visit Municode to see City of Arvada Motor Vehicle and Traffic Ordinances →

Reading Your Ticket

Upon receipt of a Summons and Complaint (“Ticket”) from the Arvada Police Department, please read the front and back of your ticket carefully to determine in which jurisdiction you are required to appear.  Arvada police officers can write tickets into the Arvada Municipal Court as well as Adams and Jefferson County Courts. 

Arvada Municipal Court tickets will begin with one of the following prefixes:

  • AM  tickets are hand written, yellow, full page with additional information on the back of your copy.
  • CE  tickets are Code Enforcement violations, hand written, yellow, full page with additional information on the back of your copy.
  • ET  tickets are issued electronically on a long narrow print out  (see example below)
  • PK  tickets are parking tickets in the form of an envelope

The ticket contains the

  • Offense you are alleged to have committed
  • Date , time and location of the alleged offense 
  • Date and time you are required to appear in court

If you receive a traffic ticket, it is possible you will receive a plea bargain by mail.  The plea bargains will inform you of the point reduction and fines and fees due.  If you do not receive a plea bargain by mail you are required to appear in court as specified on your ticket.

Please note:  If you are unable to appear on the specified court date, you must appear at the court office located at 8101 Ralston Rd.   Court hearings will not be rescheduled over the phone.  No one else can appear on your behalf.  If you are a juvenile defendant under the age of 18, you are required to bring a parent with you to court.