CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  CITATIONS AND APPEAL HEARINGS

  I was issued an Administrative Citation by the Culver City Animal Services Officer.   What do I do?

The citation is issued when the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation of the Culver City Municipal Codes or other applicable codes and laws[Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 1.02]. The amount of the administrative fine being imposed upon you for the violation(s) is listed on the front of the Administrative Citation. The fine is due and payable within 15 days of the date issued. These fines are cumulative and citations may be issued every day the violation exists [Culver City Municipal Code 1.01.035]. If you continue or repeat the commission of the Municipal Code violation listed on the Administrative Citation, the City may issue to you another citation or the City may pursue other legal remedies available to the City against you. Any failure to pay to the City on or before the due date may result in the matter being referred for collection, which includes but is not limited to the filing of a small claims court action. The City may collect any past due administrative fine or late payment charges by use of any available legal means, including property lien procedure set forth in the Culver City Municipal Code.

Fines for Administrative Citations:

  • First citation is $100.

  • Second citation is $200.

  • Third and subsequent citations are $500.

Payment of Fines:

  • Make checks, cashier's checks or money orders payable to: "City of Culver City" for the total amount due and pay your citation by mail or in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
Finance Department
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

For questions regarding this citation, please call 310-253-5940.

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  Where do I go to pay a fine for an Administrative Citation/ticket?

The citation is issued when the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation of the Culver City Municipal Codes or other applicable codes and laws[Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 1.02] . The amount of the administrative fine being imposed upon you for the violation(s) is listed on the front of the Administrative Citation. The fine is due and payable within 15 days of the date issued. Make checks, cashier's checks or money orders payable to: "City of Culver City" for the total amount due and pay your citation by mail or in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
Finance Department
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

For questions regarding this citation, please call 310-253-5940.

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  Can I appeal a ticket? What are the grounds for an appeal?

You have the right to contest an Administrative Citation and request a hearing before a Hearing Officer by completing and filing a Request for Hearing within 15 days from the date of the issuance of the Administrative Citation. The request must be accompanied by an advance deposit of the fine or a completed Request for Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form. If paying the penalty in advance causes a financial hardship the citizen may complete an Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form. Please note that the Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form does not waive your deposit of the fines. It is to assist if you intend to request a hearing but are financially unable to submit the deposit of the fine at the time of the request. If the hearing Officer upholds the Administrative Citation, you are still responsible for the fines.

You must submit the Request for Hearing and the advance deposit (or Hardship Waiver Request) within 15 days from the date of the issuance of the Administrative Citation by mail or in person at:

City of Culver City - City Hall
Enforcement Services Division
Second Floor
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
* City Hall hours are from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
* City Hall is closed on holidays, weekends, and alternating Fridays.

Any failure to submit the Request for Hearing, and the advance deposit (or Hardship Waiver Request) within the 15 days of the date of the Administrative Citation shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing.

You will be notified of the date and time set for your hearing. A hearing will not be scheduled unless the full amount of the fine is deposited or the City approved the Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver request. If you fail to appear at your hearing, the hearing will proceed without you and you will have been deemed to waive your right to an administrative hearing. This failure will also result in a forfeiture of your deposit of the Administrative Fine and will constitute a failure to exhaust your administrative remedies. If your appeal is successful, your deposit will be refunded.

The administrative appeal process includes three levels of appeal:

  1. Administrative Review

  2. Administrative Hearing

  3. Appeal through the Superior Court

For the Administrative Review and Hearing, there are acceptable grounds for an appeal. Unacceptable grounds of appeal of a citation will result in a determination that the citation is upheld and the forfeiture of your deposit.

The following are acceptable grounds of appeal of a citation:

  • No violation of the Culver City animal regulation(s) was committed.
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog off-leash, but your dog was on leash.)

  • You were not the individual indicated on the Administration Citation who committed the violation.
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog running at large, but you don't own any dogs.)

The following are not acceptable grounds for appeal of a citation:

  • Lack of knowledge of the Culver City animal regulations
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog off-leash on your unfenced front lawn, but you state that you did not know that you weren't allowed to have your dog off-leash if your own property is not fenced in.)

  • Disapproval with the Culver City animal regulations
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog in Tellefson Park, but you don't think that dogs should not be allowed in Culver City parks.)

For questions regarding this citation, please call 310-253-5940.

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  What is an Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver? Do I still need to pay for the fines if   I am granted the waiver?

You have the right to contest an Administrative Citation and request a hearing before a Hearing Officer by completing and filing a Request for Hearing within 15 days from the date of the issuance of the Administrative Citation. The request must be accompanied by an advance deposit of the fine or a completed Request for Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form. If paying the penalty in advance causes a financial hardship the citizen may complete an Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form. Please note that the Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver Form does not waive your deposit of the fines. It is to assist you if you intend to request a hearing but are financially unable to submit the deposit of the fine at the time of the request. If the hearing Officer upholds the Administrative Citation, you are still responsible for the fines. If the Hearing Officer renders a decision in favor of the City, you must comply with the administrative order, including payment of any administrative penalty. A decision by the Hearing Officer in your favor shall constitute a dismissal of the administrative penalty and you then do not owe the fees. Any person who contests the final administrative order may seek judicial review of the order by filing an appeal with the Superior Court.

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  What is an appeal hearing?

An appeal hearing is a formal hearing conducted by a Hearing Officer to accept testimony, under oath, from all interested parties when a determination of violation validity has been appealed. If you are issued an Administrative Citation and you believe that it was issued in error, you have the right to contest an Administrative Citation and request a hearing before a Hearing Officer by completing and filing a Request for Hearing within 15 days from the date of the issuance of the Administrative Citation. However, there are acceptable grounds for an appeal. Unacceptable grounds of appeal of a citation will result in a determination that the citation is upheld and the forfeiture of your deposit.

The administrative appeal process includes three levels of appeal:

  1. Administrative Review

  2. Administrative Hearing

  3. Appeal through the Superior Court

For the Administrative Review and Hearing, there are acceptable grounds for an appeal. Unacceptable grounds of appeal of a citation will result in a determination that the citation is upheld and the forfeiture of your deposit.

The following are acceptable grounds of appeal of a citation:

  • No violation of the Culver City animal regulation(s) was committed.
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog off-leash, but your dog was on leash.)

  • You were not the individual indicated on the Administration Citation who committed the violation.
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog running at large, but you don't own any dogs.)

The following are not acceptable grounds for appeal of a citation:

  • Lack of knowledge of the Culver City animal regulations
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog off-leash on your unfenced front lawn, but you state that you did not know that you weren't allowed to have your dog off-leash if your own property is not fenced in.)

  • Disapproval with the Culver City animal regulations
  • (Example: You were cited for your dog in Tellefson Park, but you don't think that dogs should not be allowed in Culver City parks.)
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