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Last reviewed: Mon, 01 Dec 2014

Paying a ticket

Paying a ticket

Parking fines for a parking infringement can be paid:

  • Directly into our bank account or online using these details:

Bank: Bank of New Zealand
Account number: 02 0800 0044765 00
Account name: Christchurch City Council
Reference: Vehicle registration number and ticket number

If you cannot put both of the reference numbers in the relevant field please send an email to outlining the tickets that you are making payment for.

  • In person at the Council Service Centres or at the Civic Offices in Hereford Street.
  • By telephone using a credit card on, phone (03) 941 8999 . This service is available between 8am-5pm, Monday–Friday.
  • By posting a cheque to PO Box 73049, Christchurch 8154.

Disputing a parking ticket

You can dispute a parking ticket by explaining the circumstances in writing for consideration by the Council’s Inspections and Enforcement Unit. They will advise you of the outcome.

Please note that only the driver can submit an explanation. This does not have to be done on an official form. A letter will suffice as long as it contains all the relevant information. You can submit an explanation online or by email to or write to: The Inspections and Enforcement Unit, PO Box 73049, Christchurch 8154.

Infringement Fees

At parking meters or designated parking areas, fines for excess parking are:

  • Under 30 minutes - $12
  • 30 minutes to 1 hour - $15
  • 1 hour to 2 hours - $21
  • 2 hours to 4 hours - $30
  • 4 hours to 6 hours - $42
  • More than 6 hours - $57

Pay and Display

If you fail to exhibit the receipt on the dashboard of your vehicle, the infringement fee for this offence is $40.00

Receipts to cover the period of time for which you are parked, can be obtained at any Pay and Display dispensing machine.

Part payments on tickets

At present legal constraints do not allow us to accept part payments on tickets.

Once the ticket has been lodged with the Courts you may be able to make part payment, however you will need to contact them directly as this will be at their discretion.

You can make full payment by credit card at Council Service Centres or at the Civic Offices in Hereford Street or by phone on (03) 941 8999 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Disputing a vehicle licence infringement

There are a number of conditions that must be met before consideration will be given for the ticket to be waived:

  1. The period of expiry of the licence label displayed at the time an infringement notice was issued is less than one calendar month.
  2. A new licence label was obtained within two working days of the notice being issued.
  3. This was your first infringement notice for this, or similar type, of offence, or the first offence notice issued to the vehicle while in your ownership.

All motor vehicles on the road must display a current annual licence label. This includes vehicles that are not running. Hours of enforcement are 24 hours per day, with an infringement fee of $200.

What to do if your car is towed away

The Police hold a record of every vehicle that is towed by Council, including those from bus lanes, and they will be able to confirm whether your vehicle has been removed. Council uses Parks Towing, please phone (03) 366 7615 to arrange recovery. The Council does not clamp vehicles.


Authorising Unit: Inspections and Enforcement

Last reviewed: Monday, 1 December 2014

Next review: Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Keywords: fines, parking tickets