Collecting overdue parking fines

Parking fine

What happens if you don't pay your parking fine

The longer you wait to pay your parking fine, the more it will cost you.

Unpaid parking infringements, if left long enough can lead to:

  • significant additional costs
  • a Sheriff's Officer making an official demand of payment at your residential address
  • being stopped at a police roadblock
  • your vehicle being wheel clamped
  • seizure and sale of your personal property at a public auction
  • removal of the number plates from your vehicle
  • suspension of your driver's licence 
  • suspension of your vehicle's registration
  • being arrested by the Sheriff

There are four steps in the infringement process, additional costs are incurred throughout this process. You will have the opportunity to pay the fine along with the additional costs at each step.

Further information regarding the life cycle of infringements can be found on the Fines Victoria website

If you have received an infringement notice and the fine is still unpaid 21 days after the date it was issued you will incur additional costs. The options available to you are listed on the infringement notice. 

Options available to you at this stage are:

  • pay the fine
  • apply to pay the infringement off through a payment plan
  • apply for an internal review of the infringement notice
  • nominate the person responsible for the vehicle at the time of the offence
  • request to have the matter heard in the Magistrates' Court
  • apply for a work and development permit if you meet certain criteria
  • apply for the family violence scheme if you meet certain criteria 

If you don't understand the information on your fine you should have it interpreted and explained to you or seek independent legal advice. If you would like to talk to someone regarding your infringement please contact the City of Greater Bendigo on 03 5434 6000.

If an infringement is not paid within the initial required 21 days, a penalty reminder notice will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and an additional charge will be added. You have 21 days to pay your fine at this stage prior to your infringement moving forward to the next step.

Options available to you at this stage include:

  • pay the fine and additional costs by the due date printed on the reminder notice
  • apply for a payment plan
  • apply for an internal review of the infringement
  • nominate the person responsible for the vehicle at the time of the offence
  • request to have the matter determined in the Magistrates’ Court.
  • apply for a work and development permit if you meet certain criteria
  • apply for the family violence scheme if you meet certain criteria 

If you don't understand the information on your penalty reminder notice you should have it interpreted and explained to you or seek independent legal advice. If you would like to talk to someone regarding your infringement please contact the City of Greater Bendigo on 03 5434 6000.

If you do not pay your fine before the due date on your reminder notice, your infringement will be referred to the Director Fines Victoria for processing and the City of Greater Bendigo can no longer deal with the infringement.

If you do not respond to the penalty reminder notice within 21 days, the infringement notice will be registered with the Director, Fines Victoria.

The Director, Fines Victoria will send you a Notice of Final Demand which will include the original fine amount, penalty reminder notice costs and additional costs added to the infringement by Fines Victoria. You will have 21 days in which to comply with the notice

Options available to you at this stage include:

All enquiries regarding infringements at this stage should be referred to Fines Victoria. Your infringement no longer sits with the City of Greater Bendigo.  

If you don't understand the information contained within your Notice of Final Demand you should have it interpreted and explained to you. If you would like to talk to someone about your Notice of Final Demand please call Fines Victoria on (03) 9200 8222 or 1300369819.

Enforcement Warrants don't expire so if not dealt with do not disappear. If you don't respond to the enforcement warrant by the due date and ignore all reminders, the Magistrate's Court may issue an enforcement warrant against you and further costs will be added to your fine.

Failing to deal with your infringement at this stage may result in the following action by a Sheriff's Officer:

  • attendance at your home to demand payment
  • stopping you at a police road block
  • wheel clamping your vehicle
  • seizing and selling your property
  • removal of the registration plates from your vehicle

The following options are available to you at this stage in the enforcement process:

  • pay the outstanding fine and costs in full
  • apply for payment arrangements
  • request an enforcement review
  • apply for a work and development permit if you meet certain criteria
  • apply for the family violence scheme if you meet certain criteria 

The Director Fines Victoria may direct VicRoads to suspend your licence or registration. VicRoads will notify you in writing if this happens. Failing to pay your fine at this stage may result in a Sheriff's Officer issuing you with a 7 day notice.

The 7 day notice is your final warning and opportunity to deal with your fine before the Sheriff takes further action against you.

The following action can be taken by you during the 7 day period allowed in the notice:

  • pay the outstanding fine and costs in full
  • apply for payment arrangements
  • request an enforcement review
  • apply for a work and development permit if you meet certain criteria
  • apply for the family violence scheme if you meet certain criteria 

Failing to deal with your outstanding infringement at this stage may result in the Sheriff's Officer seizing your property, selling your property, arresting you. 

If you don't understand the information contained within your 7 day notice or warrant you should have it interpreted and explained to you. If you would like to talk to someone about your 7 day notice or warrant please call Fines Victoria on (03) 9200 8222 or 1300369819.

Contact us

For more information about parking services please contact us on 03 5434 6000


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