Administrative Penalty System for Parking Violations (APS)
What is APS?
The Administrative Penalty System (APS) is a new way to pay and dispute parking tickets. This system allows the town to manage disputes over parking tickets instead of the provincial courts
Penalty notices issued for parking violations within the Town of Oakville. Please refer to the full list of penalties under APS for more details.
If you receive a penalty notice or parking ticket you have two options:
- Pay within 15 days of the penalty notice being issued. To find out more about payment options please visit the Paying a parking ticket page.
- Schedule an initial screening meeting to discuss the penalty notice by calling 905-845-6601 or booking online. The initial screening meeting is overseen by a screening officer, who has the authority to uphold, reduce or extend time to pay the penalty. Valid tickets are not cancelled.
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the screening officer, you have up to 15 days of the decision to request a review by a hearing officer. The decision of the hearing officer is final.
What is different?
Prior to APS, parking ticket disputes were handled through the judicial system, and it could take up to a year to receive a hearing date in court. Under APS, ticket disputes are handled at Town Hall through initial screening meetings and hearing reviews.
With APS replacing the judicial process for appealing parking tickets, valuable provincial court time will be made available for more serious matters.
Parking tickets issued under APS may be issued at the time of the violation or may be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Failure to respond to penalty notice
If you do not respond to the penalty notice by the due date — either by paying the penalty or scheduling an initial screening meeting — you automatically waive your right to a review, and the administrative penalty is deemed affirmed and not subject to review.
Failure to respond will also result in additional administrative fees. Administrative fees for processing penalties have been established as follows:
- After 15 days, a $10 Ministry of Transportation (MTO) search fee
- After 45 days, a $16 late payment fee
- After 105 days, a $20 MTO plate denial fee
- A $50 screening no-show fee for failing to appear at a scheduled initial screening
- A $100 hearing no-show fee for failing to appear at a scheduled hearing
- A $12 fee for service by mail
For more information
Check answers to frequently asked questions or contact Service Oakville at 905-845-6601 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)