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· May 28th, 2024
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Just received a Camden council parking fine and unsure what to do next? This guide is here to help. Each month, over 130,000 people turn to us for advice on fines and parking tickets, which is not surprising, as Churchill Motor Insurance reports that in 2022, UK councils issued an average of 19,631 daily parking fines, a 12% increase from the previous year.1

In this article, we will help you understand:

  • What a Camden Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is.
  • If you must pay this fine.
  • How you can make an appeal against a Camden PCN.
  • Ways to avoid getting a PCN in Camden.
  • What might happen if you don’t pay the charge.

We know that finding a parking fine on your car can be a big worry, but don’t stress; we’re here to make things clear and give you helpful tips and examples to guide you through your next steps.

Let’s dive in.

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In some circumstances, you might have a legitimate reason not to pay your fine.

It’s a bit sneaky, but the last time I needed legal advice, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor called JustAnswer.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor feeds, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

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*Around 35,000 people dispute their tickets each year with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, and a striking 64% of those appeals are successful, so it’s well worth a try. 

Did you receive a private Camden parking ticket?

Thanks for reading our guide! I hope you found the answers and information you need to tackle your council parking fine.

If you received a private parking fine instead, why not check out my dedicated guide discussing if you really have to pay these fines?

What is a Camden Penalty Charge Notice?

A Camden Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a type of fine.

Camden Council will serve these fines to motorists deemed guilty of a parking or traffic contravention within the Camden Council jurisdiction. 

They are most often served for parking contraventions, but they can also be issued for driving in a bus lane, turning when not allowed and other traffic offences

How much is it?

A Camden PCN will typically fine the motorist £80 or £130 for a parking contravention.

This is the standard rate for these fines in London and is often cheaper outside of the capital.

Whether you have to pay a Camden PCN amount of £80 or £130 depends on the seriousness of the contravention and sometimes the location. 

But there is a way to make your Penalty Charge Camden cheaper.

A reduced rate of 50% off is offered to anyone who pays within 14 days.

So just by agreeing to cover your Camden PCN cost quickly, you can save either £40 or £65. 

Successful Appeal Case Study


Initial Fine £100
Additional Fees £171
Total Fine £271

The Appeal Process

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Total Fine £271
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How many PCNs are issued in Camden annually?

According to the local authority’s annual parking report, Camden council issues 280,914 Penalty Charge Notices during 2021 to 2022.

This consisted of bus lane fines, parking fines and moving traffic fines.

Camden Council employs enforcement officers who operate within the council area and issue Camden Town parking tickets.

They will leave a yellow sachet containing the fine on your vehicle. 

But they can also be sent out in the post when you’re caught on camera.

Camden Council retrieves your address by contacting the DVLA and then sends the PCN to the registered keeper in the post

Check out what happened to one motorist who got a Camden PCN which they think could be appealed.

Source: Moneysavingexpert

Should you Pay?

You are given 28 days to pay the full Camden PCN fine or 14 days to pay the reduced rate.

To pay your PCN Camden, you can use the council’s online service found here.

Alternatively, you can use the automated Camden PCN pay by phone option.

You will need your PCN reference number, which starts with CU and should be found at the top of your parking ticket. 

You can retrieve a lost PCN number Camden fine details by contacting the authority.

In short, all Camden PCN lost ticket enquiries should be discussed with the council by calling 020 7974 4444

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How do you challenge the PCN?

Many motorists aren’t happy when they get parking fines and frequently lodge Camden gov uk PCN objections.

Especially when the fines are unfairly issued.

To challenge a Camden Council Penalty Charge Notice, you must fill out an online form on their website.

You should gather all your details before starting as the form times out after 20 minutes.

You should be able to see your Camden PCN images or any other Camden PCN evidence against you.

The council will then respond to your challenge by email and you don’t need to do anything until then.

Camden Council states that have a large backlog of PCN appeals, so it may take some time before you hear back on your Camden Penalty Charge appeal.

It could also buy you some time getting the money to eventually pay should you need to.

Is there any free parking in Camden?

Free parking in Camden or any of the other popular London areas is hard to come by.

You might be able to park for free at a supermarket for a short stay, but you will be expected to use the supermarket. 

Therefore, it’s important you pay Camden PCN fines when required to avoid a Camden Council parking fine. 

What to do next?

How do you know whether to appeal or simply pay the Camden PCN notice?

First of all, appealing should only be an option if you have a genuine and honest reason to challenge the fine.

Even then, you might be worried that you don’t have sufficient evidence and worry it will get rejected especially after you view Camden PCN images on the authority’s website.

If this is the case, you might prefer to pay within 14 days and take advantage of the 50% fine reduction.

There isn’t a concrete right or wrong answer.

It will depend on your personal preference based on individual factors. To help you better understand a standard appeal process, here’s a table to summarize it.

Process: Steps you should take:
When you receive the ticket… You should gather as much evidence as you can to support your appeal claim and prove that the ticket was unfairly issued.
If you were given the ticket in person/attached to your car… You must make an informal appeal (sent to the local authority/council that issued the PCN) within 14 days. This should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If it was posted to you… You will be given 21 days to submit an informal appeal (from the day you received the letter). Your informal appeal should be a letter with the evidence proving why the ticket was incorrectly given.
If the informal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice to Owner and will have 28 days to respond to this with a formal appeal. You can conduct the formal appeal online or via paper form. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal can send you one of these forms.
If the formal appeal is rejected… You will receive a Notice of Rejection. From here, you are free to challenge the council’s verdict at an independent tribunal.
If the independent tribunal disagrees with your appeal… You should pay the ticket within 28 days of the tribunal rejecting your appeal. If you don’t, the fine will be increased by 50%.
If you don’t have the money to pay the fine, you should contact Citizens Advice or another debt charity.

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PCN challenge rejected?

If your Camden PCN appeal was rejected, you have a right to escalate the appeal and have it looked at by an independent panel.

All escalated PCN challenges are decided on by London Tribunals

Camden Contact Details

Camden PCN contact number: 020 7974 4444 from Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm (except bank holidays)
Visit us: Contact Camden Reception, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
Website: https://www.camden.gov.uk/
Camden PCN email address: N/A
Camden PCN address: N/A

You can use the Camden PCN contact number to discuss your matter.

But you won’t be able to submit an appeal by calling the Camden PCN telephone number as all appeals must be online or in writing

There is no specific Camden PCN email address listed on their website.

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Scott Nelson MoneyNerd
Scott Nelson is a renowned debt expert who supports people in debt with debt management and debt solution resources.
Janine Marsh MoneyNerd
Appeals Expert
Janine is a financial expert who supports individuals with debt management, cost-saving resources, and navigating parking tickets.