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If you were issued a parking ticket by Park Golden Co and would like to dispute it, your dispute must be made in writing online* within 10 days of the ticket date.

*Disputes will not be handled in person or over the phone.

General reasons that violations won't be dismissed:

Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the City of Golden Ordinances. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator's dispute being successful.


  • "The violation was not enforced in the past"

  • This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually; however, apparent failure to enforce parking laws does not constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.

  • Short errands

    No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. A short errand is a very common excuse. It is not a valid reason for illegal parking.


  • "I was late for business or personal appointment"

    Being late does not permit the driver the privilege of parking illegally.


  • "There was no other place to park"

    It is driver’s responsibility to locate legal parking.


  • "I didn't see the sign" or "I didn't understand the sign"

    Drivers are required to look for signs when parking. Saying that you did not see a sign preventing parking is not an acceptable excuse.


  • "Only part of my car was illegally parked"

    A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked. If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle encroached.


  • "I left someone in the car"

    "I left my parking lights on (or blinking)"

    "I left a note on the car as to my whereabouts"

    "I left the motor running"

    The purpose of parking regulations is to restrict vehicles from certain places. The presence of a passenger, a note or blinking lights does not satisfy this purpose and does not constitute a valid reason to dismiss a violation.


  • "It was only a few minutes"

    This explanation is one of the most common claims. Even if true, parking in a prohibited area is still a violation.


  • "Nobody else got a ticket"

    Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. The officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles, however, a parking citation stands on its own.


  • "Someone else had my car; I wasn't even driving it"

    The registered owner has joint responsibility with the person driving his or her car. Unless it can be shown by the registered owner that the car was driven without permission, the registered owner, renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.


  • "I've done it for years" or "Everybody else does it"

  • This is never a valid excuse for illegally parking. Nobody should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.

If you are NOT satisfied with the results of the Violation Dispute, you may request a formal Hearing in front of the Parking Magistrate. If you fail to request this hearing within 7 days of this notice, you will waive your option to further dispute the violation.


To request a Formal Hearing you must submit your written request City of Golden, c/o Citation Collection Services, P.O. Box 80239, Indianapolis, IN 46280. Please include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a copy of the violation. Your hearing request will be forwarded to the Parking Magistrate for scheduling. The Parking Magistrate will notify you directly when your hearing is scheduled.

If a request is not received in time, any remaining fines and/or fees will be added if payment in full is not received by the Due Date.

Golden City Code 10.10.060(e): Where it has been established that a violation was committed, the magistrate shall uphold the violation and order the registered owner of the vehicle to pay the applicable fines, penalty, and costs within seven days. Such costs shall as reasonably determined by the parking magistrate include administrative costs of not less than $100.00 but not more than $300.00

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