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Pay or challenge a parking fine issued by Dorset County Council

Your ticket will start with: PU, NM, DS or UA

Prior to the formation of Dorset Council. Dorset County Council were responsible for on-street parking in Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland. As well as car parks in Purbeck (Wareham and Corfe Castle) and Weymouth Park and Ride. Any parking fines issued before 1 April 2019 can be challenged or paid here.

There are two deadlines to which you can pay your parking fine. If payment is made within the shorter time specified on the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), this will reduce your fine by half. After this time the maximum higher rate applies.

  • please do not ignore parking tickets

  • extra penalties may be incurred if they are not paid, or challenged in writing promptly

  • if you have lost your ticket, please telephone the council that issued the ticket immediately

Fine charges

  • fine within 14 days of ticket issue: £25 or £35 (dependent on the offence)

  • fine after 14 days of ticket issue: £50 or £70 (dependent on the offence)

  • ticket serial number prefixes: PU, NM, DS, UA

Pay a parking fine

Please note: you will not be able to pay your fine until the day after it has been issued

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Other ways to pay

  • by telephone: 0845 505 1299 seeUK call charges and rates
  • by post: Parking Services, PO Box 7736, Dorset DT1 9GN
  • in person at the post office

Challenge a parking fine

Your challenge must be received by us within 14 working days of the parking fine being issued

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The information we need with your informal challenge:

  • the serial number of the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

  • the date when the parking fine was issued

  • the vehicle registration number

  • an explanation of the circumstances

In addition, when relevant, you must:

  • supply supporting documentation, such as a copy of a pay and display ticket or blue badge

  • provide written evidence from an independent third party, eg the garage that repaired your car

  • quote the serial number of a valid permit for the parking area

Please note, If you need to supply supporting evidence, please email it to: or alternatively send it by post to PO Box 7736, Dorchester, DT1 9GN.

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