Costs

How much will it cost to appeal?

There are no fees or charges involved in submitting an appeal to the tribunal.

The appeals procedure is designed to be free to the appellant so as not to discourage people from appealing through fear of paying costs and charges.

If you lose your appeal, you will be liable to pay only the amount of the Penalty Charge Notice as directed by the adjudicator. You will not usually be liable to pay your opponent’s costs. 

Can I claim back my expenses?

The appeals procedure is designed to be free and not to discourage people from appealing through fear of paying costs and charges.  

In the very large majority of cases, the adjudicator will not order costs or expenses to be paid by the enforcing authority to an appellant who wins a case. Similarly, the adjudicator will not order an appellant who loses a case to pay costs to the enforcing authority.

Costs and expenses may only be awarded by the adjudicator in very rare circumstances if the adjudicator determines that you or the enforcing authority has acted ‘frivolously’, ‘vexatiously’ or ‘wholly unreasonably’ in bringing or contesting the appeal.

The adjudicator has no power to award compensation for any distress or anxiety arising from a person receiving a Penalty Charge Notice

If you wish to apply for costs and expenses, you must make a written application as soon as possible after the adjudicator's decision, setting out precisely what expenses you have incurred and why you have incurred them.

Your application for costs will then be referred to the adjudicator for a decision.