Regulations > Appealing a Citation

Appeals must be submitted in writing within 10 business days (business day is Monday to Friday 9a.m. to 4p.m.) from the date the citation was issued. All appeals must be legible if handwritten in order to be considered. Appeals may also be submitted online at If mailing an appeal, please send to:

          The President’s Users Traffic and Parking Appeals Board
          c/o Security and Parking Services
          McMaster University
          E.T. Clarke Centre, Room 102
          Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

  1. A successful appeal will be considered on the following grounds:
    1. Proof of payment
    2. Medical emergency providing support documentation
    3. First time offence
    4. Violation was issued contrary to Parking Rules and Regulation.
  2. It will be the responsibility of every permit holder and visitor to make themselves aware of the Parking Rules and Regulations. All the Rules & Regulations are available on the website
  3. Appeals will NOT be considered for the following reasons:
    1. Failure to obey all regulatory signs, such as no stopping, no parking, do not enter and fire route.
    2. Exceeding posted speed limits.
    3. Blocking or obstructing of a roadway, traffic flow, on sidewalks, in front of fire hydrants, building entrances or exits.
    4. Leaving vehicle unattended without valid parking permit (Leaving four-way flashers on is not adequate replacement for purchasing parking permit.)
    5. Supplying false information for the purchase of a parking permit.
    6. Parking in a designated area such as accessible parking space (without valid MTO accessible permit), a reserved 24 hours space, daycare lot and areas marked by other “No Parking” or “No Stopping” signs.
    7. Failure to make payment for parking at short term meter parking areas or exceeding maximum stay time.
    8. Failure to align within yellow parking lines.
  4. An appellant’s name, mailing address, email address, McMaster University Identification Number (McMaster I.D.), citation number (found on citation), transponder number and/or permit number, and any other pertinent information must be included with the notice of appeal.
  5. An appeal shall be subject to review by Security and Parking Services for comment.
  6. Ignorance of the McMaster University Traffic and Parking Rules and Regulations does not constitute grounds for an appeal.