Administrative Penalty System (APS) for parking and by-law violations

What is APS?

The Administrative Penalty System (APS) is a new way to pay and dispute parking and by-law tickets and penalty notices. 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. Refer to the full list of penalties under APS for more details.

If you receive a by-law penalty notice or parking ticket you have two options:

  1. Pay within 15 days of the penalty notice being issued. To find out more about payment options please visit the Paying a ticket page.
  2. 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,  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.

Tickets and penalty notices issued under APS may be issued at the time of the violation or may be mailed, faxed or emailed.

Failure to respond to penalty notice

If you do not respond to the ticket or 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 parking 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

Administrative fees for processing by-law penalties have been established as follows:

  • After 15 days, a $50 late payment 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 $100 fee to request an adjournment

For more information

Check answers to frequently asked questions or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).