A parking fine is also known as a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

These are issued when your vehicle breaks parking regulations such as:

  • parking on double yellow lines - issued by Hampshire County Council
  • not displaying a valid pay and display ticket in a car park - issued by Havant Borough Council
  • parking alongside a dropped kerb - issued by Hampshire County Council
  • parking more than 50cm from the kerb - issued by Hampshire County Council

Havant Borough Council has powers to operate civil parking enforcement in its car parks, and employs Civil Enforcement Officers to ensure parking schemes are followed.

PCNs are issued under the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Pay a parking fine

Pay a parking fine online

Please ensure you include your PCN number which starts with HV or VA followed by 8 digits/letters.

Pay a parking fine online (This link will show as an East Hampshire District Council webpage, however, please be assured that you will be paying your fine issued by Havant Borough Council).

Pay a parking fine by phone

You can pay a parking fine using the automated payment line: 0345 452 0150. Calls are charged at 3p per minute plus your phone providers access charge.

This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pay a parking fine by post

To pay by post, please send a cheque made payable to Havant Borough Council to: Parking Services, The Plaza, Civic Centre Road, PO9 2AX

Challenge a parking fine

If you feel that you have been issued a PCN incorrectly you may challenge it in writing.

If you make a challenge during the discount period (14 days from date the PCN was issued) this will be extended whilst we review your case - you are not allowed to make repeated challenges in order to extend the discount period.

If we accept your reasons for challenging the PCN, we will cancel the PCN and no further action will be taken.

If your informal challenge is unsuccessful, our reply will explain how you may make a formal representation by way of the statutory appeals process.

This process will start when you receive the Notice to Owner from us (this will be sent 28 days after the PCN was issued).

Grounds for appealing your ticket

We are only permitted to reconsider the issue of a PCN based on a limited list of nationally standard circumstances.

This procedure applies across the whole of England (except London) and ensures that the rules are applied consistently and without favour.

Below are a list of grounds for appealing your ticket:

  • the contravention didn’t occur, for example there were unclear or misleading signs
  • the penalty exceeded the relevant amount – the council asked for more than it was entitled to
  • the council says the PCN was served by post because the traffic warden was prevented from giving the ticket, but this didn’t happen
  • the vehicle was stolen or the person wasn’t the owner when the alleged contravention occurred
  • a procedural impropriety – maybe the PCN didn’t contain the required information
  • the Traffic Regulation Order was invalid
  • the owner was a vehicle hire firm
  • the PCN has already been paid
  • mitigating circumstances, for example health issues or a vehicle breakdown.

How do I challenge a parking fine?

Please ensure you supply the following information with your challenge:

  • The PCN number which will have HV or VA as the prefix
  • Your name and full address so that we may reply to you in writing
  • Any supporting evidence (for example, a valid car park ticket, police incident number).