Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Who enforces the law in Winters with regard to dogs?
A: Animal laws in Winters are enforced by Yolo County Animal Control.

Q: How do I contact Animal Control for Winters?
A: You can contact our Dispatch center at (530)795-4561 and ask for an Animal Control Officer; you can also call the Yolo County Animal Shelter at (530) 668-5287.

For license renewals, fees, and other associated FAQs, please visit the Yolo County Sheriff’s Animal Services section.

Parking Citations

Q: How do I pay a parking citation?

A: Payment may be made by mail (check only) or in person (cash, check, or charge) to the Winters Police Department 702 Main Street Winters, CA 95694. If paying by check, please make check payable to "City of Winters." Additionally, the citation number must be included on the memo line. Payment must be received within 21 business days of the citation issue date.

 Q: How do I contest a parking citation?

A: Per California Vehicle Code section 40215, disposition of notice of parking violation appeals is conducted sequentially:

 Request for Administrative Review: Send the department a written statement outlining why the notice of parking violation should be dismissed.

Please note: copies of documentation relating to the notice of parking violation and the request for dismissal must be postmarked or delivered to the Winters Police Department within 21 calendar days of the citation issue date or within 14 calendar days of the mailing of the notice of delinquent parking per California Vehicle Code section 40215(a). There is no cost for an administrative review.

 Request for Administrative Hearing: Send the department a written request for an Administrative Hearing within 21 calendar days following the notification mailing of the results of the administrative review, per California Vehicle Code section 40215(b).

Please note: Please provide your name, phone number, and an email address with your written request for an Administrative Hearing. You must pay your citation in full before a hearing being scheduled. An Administrative Hearing shall be held 90 calendar days following the receipt of the request for an Administrative Hearing, excluding time tolled pursuant to California Vehicle Code sections 40200-40225. The person requesting the hearing may request one continuance, not to exceed 21 calendar days per California Vehicle Code section 40215.

 Request for Traffic Court: Send the Yolo County Superior Court a request for a hearing.

Please note: At the conclusion of the Administrative Hearing, the matter may be appealed to the Yolo County Superior Court of California. For more information, please visit the Yolo County Superior Court web page

Reporting Parking Complaints

Q: How do I report parking complaints?

A: For concerns about parking complaints, please contact our 24-hour non-emergency dispatch center at 530-795-4561.

Parking Permits for Moving PODS, trailers, etc

Q: Do I need a permit to park a moving pod/trailer in front of my residence?

A: Temporary Activity or Encroachment Permits for moving pods/trailers are issued by the City of Winters, please contact 530-795-4910 ext 160 for more information. Please note, the Special Permits are needed if the trailer/pod would need to be in the street right of way or if an encroachment issue or other City permit would be required (for example, the trailer/pod is used as part of a construction project, etc.). Trailers/Pods may not obstruct the street or block hydrants.


Q: How can I tell if my Winters address is inside the city limits?

A: The Winters city limits are County Road 90 (now Matsumoto Ln), Moody Slough Rd, Bridge on Dry Creek, and the Railroad Car Bridge. Also, visit the Find My Service Area GIS mapping tool.

Q: What law enforcement agency do I call if my address is outside the City of Winters limits?

A: If your Winters address contains 5 numbers, you are in the Yolo County Sheriff's response jurisdiction. If your Winters address contains 4 numbers, you are in the Solano County Sheriff's response jurisdiction.