What happens if I don't pay my parking ticket?

Notice to Owner

If you don't pay your Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket) within 28 days, and it hasn't been cancelled after an appeal, we automatically request the name and address details of the registered keeper of the vehicle from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). We then send a legal document called a Notice to Owner to the registered keeper at the address supplied by the DVLA. We’re obliged to do this by law, and do so even if we have already had correspondence about the penalty from a different person or address.   

The Notice to Owner gives the registered keeper (who is liable for the charge) a further 28 days either to pay the full penalty charge or to make formal representations to us.

For more information on the appeals process, please visit our parking ticket appeals page

Charge Certificate

If you do not pay or submit a formal representation to the Notice to Owner after 28 days, the charge will increase by a further 50 per cent and the registered keeper of the vehicle will be sent a Charge Certificate. Once a Charge Certificate has been sent, you have lost your statutory right to challenge (appeal) the Penalty Charge Notice.

Order for Recovery and Witness Statement

If no payment is received within 14 days of the date of the Charge Certificate, we will apply to register the outstanding debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre at Northampton County Court. The registered keeper will then be sent an Order for Recovery (TE3 form) and a Witness Statement - Unpaid Penalty Charge (TE9 form). At this stage, the charge will increase by a further £8.

When a Penalty Charge Notice has progressed to Order for Recovery, it is too late for us to accept any representations made. The only options available are to either pay the charge or to file a Witness Statement with the Traffic Enforcement Centre at Northampton County Court on one of these four grounds:

  1. I did not receive the Notice to Owner / Penalty Charge Notice (Parking contravention).
  2. I appealed against the council’s decision to reject my challenge, within 28 days of the rejection notice, but have had no response to my appeal.
  3. I made representations about the penalty charge to the council within 28 days of the Notice to Owner, but did not receive a rejection notice.  
  4. The penalty charge has been paid in full. (You will need to state the date it was paid, how it was paid and to whom it was paid.)

If you believe one of these options applies to your situation, and you wish to file a Witness Statement, complete the TE9 form and return it to The Traffic Enforcement Centre at County Court Bulk Centre, St Katherine's House, 21 – 27 St Katherine's Street, Northampton, NN21 2LH.

If you do not have the TE9 form, please contact the Traffic Enforcement Centre using one of the following options:

Telephone: 0300 123 1059
Email: tec@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

Note: There are only four limited grounds on which you can make a statement (as detailed above). Proceedings for contempt of court may be brought against you if you make, or cause to be made, a false statement in any document verified by a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth.

If none of the options applies to your situation then the only option available is to pay the charge, either online or by telephone (using a credit or debit card) on 0845 452 4540, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Alternatively, payment can be made by cheque/postal order made payable to ‘Dacorum Borough Council’, quoting the Penalty Charge Notice number and sent to: The Parking Service, PO Box 921, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1ZP.

Enforcement Agents (formerly bailiffs)

If the Penalty Charge Notice remains unpaid for 21 days following the registration of the debt, a Warrant of Control (formerly known as a Warrant of Execution) will be issued and the case will be passed to a certificated Enforcement Agent (formerly known as bailiffs) to recover the debt on our behalf.

Enforcement Agent action is split into three different stages, each with its own additional fees which you will have to pay on top of the outstanding sum of the PCN:

Compliance stage

Once the charge has passed to the Enforcement Agent, they will write a letter of compliance to you, or visit you within 14 days to serve a Notice of Enforcement. This notice advises of the outstanding debt, plus any additional fees. Following the delivery of this notice, if the debt remains unpaid the case will then progress to the Enforcement Stage.

  • Compliance stage fees - £75

Enforcement stage

This stage involves the attendance of an Enforcement Agent to recover the debt, plus additional fees incurred. Please note: the fee of £235 is payable from the first attendance when an Enforcement Agent visits your premises.

  • Enforcement stage fees - £235 (plus 7.5 per cent for debts over £1,500)

Sale stage

This stage involves the selling of your goods in order to pay the outstanding debt, plus any additional fees incurred.

  • Sale stage fees - £110 (plus 7.5 per cent for debts over £1,500)

Once the case is with the enforcement agents, it is too late for us to accept any representations (or payments) about the case. You will need to contact the Enforcement Agent or to seek legal advice as soon as possible to avoid any additional charges. The Enforcement Agent is listed on the Warrant of Control (formerly known as Warrant of Execution). You can contact the relevant Enforcement Agent on the following numbers:

  • Marston - 0845 074 3749
  • Equita - 0844 561 8807
  • Newlyn - 01604 633001

Enforcement Agent complaints

Enforcement Agents are licensed by the court, while central government sets the scale of charges they use. If you're unhappy with any aspect of your experience with an Enforcement Agent, there is a complaints procedure you can follow. Contact the Enforcement Agent for details of their complaints procedure.