If you receive a Penalty Charge Notice/Penalty Notice (PCN/PN), you must pay it or challenge it quickly. You should not ignore it.


You should always quote the PCN/PN number in any letters or phone calls regarding it.


Deadlines and payment terms

You should follow the instructions on the PCN/PN that explain how to pay it. A PCN/PN must be paid before the end of the period of 28 days, beginning with the date of its service. Date of service is when it was attached to a vehicle or handed to a driver.


Drivers only have to pay half the full amount shown on the PCN if they pay before the end of the period of 14 days of the PCN date of service (Parking and Bus Lane PCNs).


For littering from vehicles Penalty Notices (PNs) some councils may offer drivers the opportunity to pay half the full amount if they pay before the end of the period of 14 days from date of service of the PN.


For drivers sent a PCN in the post, this discount is available for 21 days, because the parking incident was captured on camera (Parking PCNs only).


Once a PCN/PN has been paid it cannot be challenged.

Enter Your PCN

Enter the first two characters of your PCN into the search box below to find the issuing authority's details.