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Appeal the impoundment of an ATV, dune buggy, or dirt bike

Before you start

In order to file an appeal, you’ll need the parking violation (PVR) and property receipt (PR).

Service overview

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), dune buggies, and dirt bikes may not be used, parked, or maintained on public sidewalks or other public property. This includes public streets and Parks & Recreation facilities. The Philadelphia Police Department may seize off-road vehicles that violate these restrictions.

If you believe that your off-road vehicle has been wrongfully seized, you can appeal to the Office of Administrative Review (OAR).

To learn more about the off-road vehicle regulations, visit Section 12-1133 of the Philadelphia Code.


You must file your appeal within 30 days of receiving the parking violation notice. (Note: All off-road vehicle tickets are parking violation notices, even if the vehicle was not parked.)

How to file an appeal

Gather your documentation.

You’ll need to include:

You may also include other relevant information, such as copies of:

  • The vehicle’s registration
  • The vehicle’s title
  • The vehicle’s bill of sale
  • If your vehicle was stolen, the police report about the theft
  • Any other documentation.
Submit your appeal.

You may appeal by email, fax, or mail.

By email

Email your appeal and documentation to

By fax

Fax your appeal and documentation to (215) 686-5228.

By mail

Mail your appeal and documentation to:

Office of Administrative Review
Land Title Building
100 S. Broad St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19110

OAR will process your application.

OAR will process your application within 7–10 days of receiving it. Once the office has processed your application, they’ll mail an appeal acknowledgment.

Wait for a hearing scheduling notice.

OAR will schedule a hearing about 30–90 days after you receive your acknowledgment notification. You’ll receive a scheduling notice at least 15 days before your hearing date.

Attend your administrative hearing.

You’ll get a decision at the end of your hearing. The decisions may include:

  • Your vehicle is deemed not releasable. If this happens, the Philadelphia Police Department will take possession of the vehicle.
  • Your vehicle is released with a fine up to $2,000. If this happens, you must pay the fine and retrieve your vehicle within 72 hours. After 72 hours, you’ll start to accrue daily storage fees.
  • Your vehicle may be released without a fine, under certain circumstances.
If you don't agree with the decision, file an appeal with the Court of Common Pleas.

If you disagree with the hearing decision, you can appeal to the Court of Common Pleas within 30 days. If you don’t file an appeal within 30 days, the Philadelphia Police Department may destroy the vehicle.