Parking Violations

Parking fines may be paid at City Hall, 3rd Floor, 200 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32627, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays) by cash, check, money order or credit card.  An after hours dropbox is available at the entrance of City Hall.  You may also mail your payment to:  City of Gainesville, Finance Department – Station 45, P.O. 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

Click on the following link to access the City's Online Payment Web page - https://eservices.cityofgainesville.org.  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

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 (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 submit an Affidavit of Explanation online click on the following link.

If you are unable to submit your Affidavit of Explanation online, 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.

The form is also available in the lobby of the Gainesville Police Department’s Administration Building located at 413 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.