Within the City of San Marcos, parking citations may be issued by city parking enforcement, SMPD officers, park rangers, or code compliance officers. With any citation issued, you have the right to appeal the violation within ten calendar days of issuance. If the citation is not paid within fifteen calendar days from the date of issuance, a late penalty in the amount of 50% of the original amount of the citation will be added to the amount owed. Please see the Parking Violation Fine List (PDF) regarding information of the base amount and the late amount for each type of parking violation.
Paying a Parking Citation
Parking citations may be paid in any of the following ways:
- In Person: Payments are accepted in our office at any time during our regular business hours. You may pay cash at the window, or by any payment method described below.
- By Mail: You may pay by personal check or money order made out to "City of San Marcos", mailed directly to the court's address at: 712 S Stagecoach Trail, Suite #2233, San Marcos, TX 7866. Please write the citation number in the memo field to ensure your payment is correctly applied. NEVER MAIL CASH!
- By Phone: You may pay your citation over the phone by calling 512-393-8190 with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. There is no additional fee to pay by phone. Please have your parking citation number or the vehicle license plate number ready.
- Online: You may also pay via the Online Parking Citation Portal. There is no additional fee to pay via the parking portal.
Payment Plans and Alternatives
If you would like to pay your citation but are unable to pay in full, the Court offers payment plans and alternatives to those who qualify. To request alternative payment arrangements, you must put your request in writing and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax your request to 855-246-9121 or submit it via regular mail. You must include your name, mailing address, phone number, and citation number(s) for which you are requesting payment alternatives.
Fee Reduction for Disabled / Accessible Parking Violations
If a violator does not wish to pay the full amount of a disabled parking violation, the Court authorizes an option for dismissal regarding disabled / accessible parking violations. With the goal of educating the violator, a class is available to reduce the fine and to prevent future disabled / accessible parking violations. Either of these options may be requested either in person at the Court's window or by sending a request via email, fax, or regular mail.
Those who have accessible license plates/placard and failed to display it in their vehicle, or those displaying an expired placard - Upon presenting proof to the Court of a valid accessible parking placard or registration renewal for accessible parking vehicle plates, the violator is then eligible to have their citation reduced to $50 provided they complete a two hour accessible parking awareness course given by Parking Mobility within 60 days of their request.
Other violators who have no accessible vehicle plates or placard - Violators having no accessible parking placard or plates may request a reduction of their citation by half of the current amount provided they complete a four hour parking awareness course as provided by Parking Mobility within 60 days of their request.
Appealing a Parking Violation
You may appeal any parking citation within ten calendar days of issuance. We hold in-person parking hearings as part of our regular dockets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You must first request an appeal before appearing for an in-person parking hearing.
An appeal may be requested the following ways:
- In Person: A request for appeal may be made in person at our office at any time during our regular business hours after the citation has been issued, but before the end of the tenth calendar day after issuance. Your citation will be set on a parking hearing docket and you will be given a date/time to return for your appeal.
- In Writing: You may also appeal a parking citation in writing. The date of your request or postmark date must fall within the ten day appeal window. Appeals may be submitted via email, fax, or by regular mail. You may include any evidence or written statements for consideration. If the judge is unable to make a clear determination based on your written appeal, you may be summoned for an in-person hearing.
- Online: Appeals may also be requested via the Online Parking Citation Portal. You must at least include a written statement and/or photographic evidence as part of your appeal for your appeal to be considered. If the judge is unable to make a clear determination based on your online appeal, you may be summoned for an in-person hearing.
At any time when a parking citation is pending appeal, the citation will NOT accrue late charges. Once the appeal is closed, if there is a balance due the citation must be paid within fifteen calendar days otherwise a 50% penalty fee will be added to the amount of the citation.