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The Town of Oakville’s Administrative Penalty System (APS) is a fair and efficient process for dealing with parking and by-law violations.
Penalty notices are issued for parking and by-law violations within the Town of Oakville. Anyone receiving the penalty notice or parking ticket or by-law penalty notice under APS can either pay or dispute the ticket.
The APS allows the town to deal with disputes over tickets instead of the provincial courts. To dispute a parking or by-law penalty notice, the ticket recipient can book an initial screening meeting. A screening officer will review the ticket and has the authority to uphold, reduce or extend time to pay the penalty. If a ticket recipient is not satisfied with the decision of the screening officer, they can request a review by an independent hearing officer by requesting a hearing.
The Municipal Act, 2001, allows municipalities to use APS for municipal by-law contraventions, including any by-law respecting the parking, standing or stopping of vehicles, by-law and licensing and animal control.
The new APS provides a number of opportunities, specifically:
A parking penalty notice can be served in any of the following ways:
A by-law, licensing or animal control penalty notice can be served to the person or business charged in any of the following ways:
If the penalty notice is not paid or an initial screening meeting is not booked within 15 days of ticket issuance, the town initiates a process to notify the person or company charged that there is an outstanding penalty.
The APS permits the municipality to establish fees for processing the administrative penalties. The fees are used to offset the costs of processing penalties. These include paying fees to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for registered vehicle owner information, processing and sending notices of administrative penalties, past due notices and processing certificates requesting licence plate denial. Administrative fees have also been established for failing to appear for a screening, hearing or service by mail.
The following administrative fees may be added to your penalty:
Visit the Paying a ticket page for payment options.
Visit the Dispute your ticket page for details.
If the person is not satisfied with the result of the initial screening, they have up to 15 days of the decision to request a review by a hearing officer. The decision of the hearing officer is final.
Visit the Dispute your ticket page for more information.
All screening and hearing meetings held at:
Town of Oakville, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Rd,
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
If a person misses the deadline to schedule a screening meeting due to an extenuating circumstance, they can request an extension of time to request the screening meeting. The person will have to demonstrate the extenuating circumstance for failing to take action within the deadline.
If a person fails to attend a scheduled screening or hearing meeting, the administrative penalty will be affirmed and administrative fees will be added to the penalty as follows:
Failure to pay the penalty notice will result in additional administrative fees. For parking tickets, your Ontario vehicle permit will not be renewed and a new permit will not be issued until the penalty and fees have been paid. For licensing and by-law penalty notices, unpaid fines will impact issuance of licences and permits or may be sent to collections.