What To Do With A Boulder Parking Ticket?

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Appealing A Boulder Parking Ticket

Instead of making a snow angel from all your Boulder parking tickets, we recommend either just paying them or contesting them. In this article, we will walk you through the process of paying or contesting a citation in Boulder and what you can do to appeal without the expensive lawyer fees.

How Much Are Parking Fines in Boulder County?

As of 2016, Boulder County is owed $4.5 million in parking tickets. Unpaid tickets get a $15 late fee — contributing to the ballooning of these fees. How much are parking fines in Boulder to be able to come up with such a huge amount? Here below are the schedule of infraction fees in Boulder County.

Violated safety precautions when starting a parked/stopped vehicle$30
Stopped/parked/left a standing vehicle on the paved portion of a highway$30
Stopped/parked/left standing vehicle where restricted/or prohibited by signs/markings/traffic control devices:
  • On sidewalk
  • Within intersection
  • On a crosswalk
  • Between a safety zone and curb
  • By street excavation
  • On-road next to another vehicle (double parking)
  • On a bridge or in a tunnel
  • On any railroad tracks
  • On any controlled-access highway
  • On highway median
  • Where prohibited by sign
Stopped/parked/left standing vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant in an unincorporated county$50
Parked vehicle more than 12 inches from the curb/Failed to park as close as practicable to shoulder$15
Parked vehicle in wrong direction/on the wrong side of the roadway$15
Violated restrictions on an unattended vehicle$15
Opening door into traffic$15
Violated restrictions on reserved parking for persons with disabilities (a person without a disability or valid placard parked in public or private space reserved for persons with disabilities)Penalties, costs, and

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Violated time limit restrictions when parking in a space reserved for individuals with disabilities$150
Violated restrictions on using reserved parking for commercial purposes$150
Entity/employee of entity violated restrictions regarding use of identifying placard issued to an entity$150
Parked vehicle blocking access to curb ramps, passenger loading zones, or accessible routesPenalties, costs, and

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Knowingly and fraudulently used/created/obtained/possessed/transferred/trafficked an identifying placard
Illegal backing$30
Parking in Boulder County Parking Lots
Parked on sidewalk$25
Parked on a roadway in or within 5 feet of driveway/junction$25
Parked too close to a fire hydrant$25
Parked in a bus stop$25
Parked where traffic control sign/device prohibited parking$25
Violated parking time limit restriction$25
Vehicle not entirely within one parking space$25
Violated time limit restriction for parking in a passenger loading zone$25
Violated time limit restriction for parking in property loading


Violated restrictions on parking in handicapped space/no placard displayedPenalties, costs, and

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Vehicle parked in a county‐owned parking lot or space when prohibited$25

How do I Pay a Boulder Parking Ticket?

You have 14 days to pay or contest a citation, from the violation date set on the ticket. Payments are made at the Boulder Municipal Court. There are a variety of ways of paying for a citation. Regardless of which method you choose, make sure to indicate the ticket number located on the top of the ticket. The different modes of payment are as follows:

  • Using a Mastercard or Visa to pay online.
  • Using a Mastercard or Visa to pay by phone at 303-441-4212.
  • Mailing a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check, payable to the ‘City of Boulder’. (Note: Do not send cash through the mail.)
  • Dropping off payments — personal check, money order, or cashier’s check — at the dropbox located at the parking lot entrance.
  • Paying in person from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Cash is also accepted for in-person payments.

Contesting an Infraction in Boulder

If you believe you have been issued a parking ticket by mistake, you may appeal instead of paying. For tickets issued due to a broken meter, you may initiate a meter check process by calling 303-441-4212.

If you do plan to appeal a ticket, make sure to document evidence properly. The following types of violations require additional documentation when filing an appeal, otherwise, the appeal will not be entertained. You may attach scanned documents or images when submitting online:

  1. No Valid Plate – Include a copy of your existing vehicle registration
  2. Permit violations – Include a copy of your valid permit
  3. Handicap violations – Include a copy of your handicap signage

The first step to starting an appeal is to submit a Parking Citation Appeal Form. Then you may proceed to submit the appeal through various ways as follows:

  • Submitting online. Take note that tickets take 24 hours to be posted online. If you still cannot retrieve your ticket after one business day, call 303-441-4212.
  • Sending a fax to 303-441-1811.
  • Mailing to:

Boulder Municipal Court

Violations Bureau

PO Box 8015

Boulder, CO 80306

  • Visiting the office at 1777 Sixth St.
  • Using the dropbox across the street from the Justice Center on Sixth Street.

If your appeal is denied or you are not satisfied with the results of the appeal, you may request a trial. To start the hearing, fill out and submit the Request to Set Parking Citation for Trial form.

Dispute Parking Citations In Boulder In Less Than 120 Seconds

Unless you hire a parking ticket lawyer, appealing citations can be a complicated process. However, this also means expensive attorney fees. That is where can help. Our service makes contesting infractions cost-effective and easy. Our app has a track record that includes overturning $4 million in parking tickets. All you have to do is:

  1. Go to and answer a few questions.
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That’s it! All you have to do is wait for a few days and find out the results.

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