Request for review of a fine (infringement)

Request for review guidelines

You can request to have a fine reviewed if you believe:

  • you have a legal defence
  • you have an exemption from the law
  • there is an error on the fine
  • there are exceptional circumstances.

The person named on the fine must lodge the request for review. For vehicle fine reviews, the vehicle owner or the nominated responsible driver must lodge the review.

When you request that we review the fine, this is known as a ‘local review’. Requesting a local review does not stop you from requesting to have the matter heard in a Magistrates Court.

When you apply to have the matter heard in a Magistrates Court, this is known as a ‘court election’. If you want to lodge a court election, we must receive the election within 28 days from the date of issue of the fine.

Please be aware that if you choose a local review, the review process may take longer than 28 days. If this occurs and you do not agree with the decision, you may not be able to lodge a court election because the legal time limit will have passed.

We aim to complete all parking fine reviews within 28 days of receiving them. In some cases, it may take longer.

Please be aware that being unfamiliar with the law or experiencing financial difficulties are not valid reasons to withdraw a fine.

Local review

If you want to request a local review, you must lodge your request in writing on an approved application form within 28 days of the issue date of the fine.

You should give us supporting evidence when you lodge your request for review. Depending on the type of fine issued, you may want to include:

  • the grounds of any legal defence, exemption from the law, exceptional circumstances or error on the fine
  • photos or diagrams showing the exact location of the incident
  • vehicle repair invoices, spare parts or a towing receipt
  • a copy of a valid parking permit or disability parking permit
  • a copy of a parking ticket or receipt
  • a statutory declaration from a witness. Please visit Queensland Courts for a statutory declaration form.
  • written advice or a crime report from the police
  • the fine or a photocopy of the fine – if you don't have this, you can give us the:
    • fine number/s
    • vehicle registration number
    • date and time of the incident.

Options after local review

When we reach a decision, we will send a letter to your postal address advising the outcome of the review.

If your fine is not waived, your options are:

  • pay the fine in full to resolve the matter
  • apply for a voluntary instalment plan (for fines over $200) - must be received within 28 days form the date of issue of the fine
  • elect to have your case heard in the Magistrates Court (a court election) - must be received within 28 days form the date of issue of the fine.

Lodging a review

To lodge a fine review please:

Court hearing election

You have the right to have the matter dealt with by a Magistrates Court. Before deciding this option, please read our Electing to have an infringement notice dealt with by a court fact sheet (PDF 221 KB).

If you elect to go to court, you must do so within 28 days of the date the fine was issued. To submit a court election:

If you choose to go to court, the court may award costs against you if you lose. If this happens, you may need to pay the court costs, witness expenses and any legal expenses incurred by us.