Part of a police officer's duties is to enforce both State and Municipal laws relating to the parking of vehicles. Officers issue Town of Fairfield Parking Tickets to most violators. For several parking violations offenders can also be issued a State of Connecticut Infraction (ticket) that must be paid to the State of Connecticut's Centralized Infraction Bureau.
Town of Fairfield parking tag fees range from $25.00 to $150.00 and can be paid online, by mailing a check or by coming to the Fairfield Police Department in person. We accept cash, checks or money orders in person but no credit cards. You may pay with credit card online but there is a small convenience fee (see below). Tickets must be paid within ten (10) days of the date issued or additional penalties can result. If a person owes multiple parking fines Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles may not allow the vehicle to be re-registered until the outstanding fines are paid. Delinquents may be prosecuted or subject to civil penalties.
There will be a $25.00 fee for any returned checks.
The owner of a vehicle with more than $250.00 in unpaid parking tickets is subject to having their vehicle immobilized with a wheel boot and/or impounded.
Parking Athority Tickets are not processed by the Police Dept.
Offenses & Fines
The following is a list of the Town of Fairfield Parking Violations, Violations Numbers and the associated Fines.
*3% Convenience Fee added to all online payments.
Parking Tag Appeals
Persons receiving parking tags may appeal to the Fairfield Police Department. Appeals must be made within ten (10) days of the date indicated on the ticket. An appeal form may be picked up at the Front Desk of the Fairfield Police Department or you may download an appeal form (click on the link below). Those persons appealing a parking ticket should complete the appeal form and return it to the Police Department. You will be notified by mail of the outcome of your appeal. If you are unsatisfied with the results of the initial appeal you can then petition for a hearing with an independent hearing officer.
Parking ticket appeal forms must be picked up at police headquarters (100 Reef Road, Fairfield) or downloaded from this site. We do not mail appeal forms to individuals.
If you have any questions please call (203) 254-4815.
Please do not send e-mails regarding parking appeals.
Petition for Violation Hearing
This form should be completed only after the Parking Tag Complaint form above has been submitted and you received a reply. You may appeal the decision made by the Fairfield Police parking tag review officer by completing the Request for Violation Hearing form. A hearing will be set up with an independent review officer who will make a decision regarding your appeal.
Tow Away Zones
For some of the violations listed above the illegally parked vehicles can be towed at the owner's expense (examples: Tow Zones and Obstructing a Driveway). There are also areas specifically marked as Tow-Away Zones. Please be alert for signs before leaving your car parked. The Fairfield Beach Road area has several tow-zone areas. All the areas are properly marked with signs and are strictly enforced. Vehicles left on private property can be towed by the property owner.
Be aware that between Memorial Day and Labor Day many of the roads in the area of our beaches are permit parking only. Police officers routinely check these areas for violations and ticket vehicles parked illegally in these areas. Beach permits are available in the spring at Town Hall. Call Town Hall for information or click on the link below.
Fairfield Beach Sticker Information
Many of the businesses in Fairfield have clearly marked Fire Lanes. Patrol officers check these areas for violations. Please no not park your vehicles in the fire lanes, even if you are "just running in for a minute". If a vehicle is parked in the fire lane it can be ticketed, even if someone is still in the vehicle. The only exception to this rule is emergency vehicles.
Handicapped Parking Spaces
Handicapped spaces are clearly marked with both signs and pavement markings. Vehicles without valid handicapped permits may not park in these designated spaces, even if you are just dropping somebody off, or just running in the the business for "just a minute". Also, be aware that the hashed area between the parking spaces are considered part of the handicapped space and vehicles parked in the hashed area will be ticketed for parking in a handicapped space.
It is also a violation to use somebody else's handicapped permit. The permit must be valid and the person to whom the permit is issued must be in the vehicle.
Train Station Parking
Parking at any of the Fairfield train stations is regulated by the Fairfield Parking Authority. Permits are required at all train stations. Day parking spaces are available (cars parked in day parking areas will receive an envelope and will be required to mail in the fee for the day). Special Traffic Agents patrol the train stations Monday through Friday. Violators will be ticketed. Exceptions: Weekends and some holidays: no permit required. For questions: contact Town of Fairfield Fairfield Parking Authority at (203) 256-3000.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What changes for me when I park and pay on a daily basis?
You will receive a different ticket that has been designed for easier issuing and paying. You can still pay by mail but now can also pay online via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or even PayPal.
Payments online can be made here https://www.parkingticketpayment.com/fairfieldct
All you need is one of your ticket numbers to input for accessing your payments to be made. Mailed payment (address found on the back of your ticket) still goes to Parking Authority of Fairfield.
Are any of the extra fees changing?
If you pay within 10 days of receiving the ticket, the current $0.50 convenience fee is being waived. However, if you pay late, there will now be a $3.50 convenience fee for handling payments via credit card.
What if I receive a police violation ticket for the $35 payment?
The same new payment rules apply online, but keep in mind there is a different place to mail in payment found on the back of your ticket: Fairfield Police Department Processing Center, P.O. Box 2040, Tarrytown, NY 10591-9040.
Why are these changes taking place?
The Parking Authority and Town of Fairfield heard from many commuters that they wanted the added convenience of paying by credit card along with less confusion around payment options and amounts. Simultaneously, the Town has been looking for ways to make the process of reviewing parked cars and assigning tickets each day more streamlined. These new automated systems allow for more convenience for everyone.
When do these changes take place?
Starting on Friday morning, December 7th, the new tickets will be issued and new payments can be made.
Can I pay my old tickets with the new payment system?
Yes starting December 7th, 2012. You just need one ticket number for each of your vehicles you have parked at the station and they will all be listed.
Anything changing down the road?
The Parking Authority and Town of Fairfield are excited for 2013 when permit applications and renewals will be more automated as well, speeding up the process for everyone and ultimately causing what everyone hopes to be a continued shorter parking permit waiting period for the Fairfield and Southport stations.