Parking Violations

In the interest of public safety and in response to COVID-19, the City Hall building is closed to the public.

If your vehicle has been booted or towed or if there is a vehicle registration hold in place, you may make a payment only by phone using a VISA or MasterCard. Call (352) 334-5025 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm and Wednesday from 9:00am until 5:00pm, excluding holidays.


The payment drop box located in the front window at City Hall, 200 E. University Avenue is the only way to leave your payment if made in person, by check or money order only. Please call first for instruction (352) 334-5025.


Paying Your Citation By Mail

You may mail your payment to: City of Gainesville, Station 45, PO Box 490,  Gainesville, Florida 32627.  Parking citations must be paid within 7 calendar days of the date the violation was issued or additional fees will be incurred.  


Paying Your Citation Online


Pay Online:

Click on the following link to access the City's Online Payment Web page -


Citizens can use the Web page’s search functionality to search for their citation by either tag number or citation number, and then pay for it using an online payment system.  The online payment system’s industry-leading security allows for safe, real-time payments.  Citizens can use most major credit cards or a checking account to make their payment.  The City of Gainesville does not collect any banking information.

When the payment is processed, records at the City of Gainesville and the Department of Motor Vehicles will be updated accordingly, and the parking citations will be marked as paid.  This service is for City of Gainesville issued parking citations only, and does not apply to other City of Gainesville citations or parking citations issued by the University of Florida or other law enforcement agencies.


Time Limits


Time Limits

Failure to respond within 7 calendar days of the date of the citation will result in a waiver of your rights to file an affidavit of explanation contesting the violation and the assessment of a late fee(s) as follows.

 Citation Fees:

·  If the fine is paid within 7 days the fine amount is the original amount due as shown on the face of the citation. 

·  If the fine is not paid within 7 days, a late fee is added to the original fine amount. 

·  If the fine is not paid within 14 calendar days, an additional late fee is added and you may be charged additional collection  costs.


Failure to comply may result in the assessment of additional costs or the immobilization or impoundment of the vehicle together with associated charges and expenses.  The owner of the vehicle is responsible for all fines, fees and costs.



Contesting a Parking Ticket

The City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances, provides for waiving of the fee for the following reasons only:

  1. Malfunctioning meter;
  2. Valid and verifiable emergencies;
  3. Government employees on verified official business in a Government owned vehicle (when initially legally parked);
  4. City volunteers detained due to verified volunteer duties; and
  5. Error in issuance of citation when an affidavit is filed.
    **No other exceptions provided by city ordinance**

To contest a citation online, visit

If the online system is not operational, or you prefer to complete a hard copy, please click on either link to download a copy of the required Affidavit of Explanation for Notice of Parking Violation Form in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.  The instructions/addresses for filing the completed form can be found on page 2 of both versions of the Affidavit of Explanation.

PDF - Affidavit of Explanation for Notice of Parking Violation Form

Word - Affidavit of Explanation for Notice of Parking Violation Form

The form is also available in the lobby of the Gainesville Police Department’s Administration Building located at 545 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601.  The form must be submitted within 7 calendar days of issuance of the citation. 

The 7 day response period includes weekends and holidays.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Gainesville Police Department - 413 NW 8th Ave Gainesville, FL 32601 - (352) 393-7500