Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)

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The City of Peterborough issues penalty notices for parking infractions under the Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS), per By-law 20-073. The AMP system is designed to streamline the enforcement of, and increase compliance with, City of Peterborough by-laws. Under AMPS, parking by-law disputes are handled by the municipality through the use of Screening and Hearings Officers who are able to modify, cancel, or affirm penalties. This approach is designed to reduce congestion in the courts and to provide a local, accessible and efficient dispute resolution system. 

Parking infractions are issued as Penalty Notices in AMPS. 

Parking infractions received prior to October 11, 2022

If you received a Parking Infraction Notice prior to October 11, 2022 then your matter will still be dealt with under the Provincial Offences Act and a request for a screening or an appeal cannot be completed using the forms on this web page. You can pay your Parking Infraction Notice online, in person or by mail. Please contact the Provincial Offences Office at 705-742-7777 ext. 2099 if you have any questions regarding parking infraction notices issued before October 11, 2022.

Pay a Penalty Notice or Parking Infraction Notice online

To pay your Penalty Notice or Parking Infraction Notice by phone, call 705-742-7777 ext. 1865


AMPS review process for disputes

Request for Screening

If you have received a Penalty Notice, you may request that the Administrative Penalty be reviewed by a Screening Officer by submitting a Request for Screening form before 4:30 p.m. on the 21st day after Penalty Notice Date. 

Request for Screening online form

If you received a Penalty Notice and have a valid reason for missing the deadline, you can complete the form Request for Extension of Time for a Screening. A Screening Officer will review your reason(s) and grant the extension or not.

Request for Extension of Time for a Screening online form

For more information, visit the Request for Screening and Extension section in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Request for an Appeal of a Screening Decision

You can request an Appeal of a Screening Decision, or request an Extension of Time for an Appeal, by completing one of the forms below. You cannot request an Appeal until you have had a Screening.

Request for an Appeal of a Screening Decision online form

If you received a Screening decision and have a valid reason for missing the deadline to appeal, you can complete the form Request for Extension of Time for an Appeal.  A Hearing Officer will review your reason(s) and grant the extension or not.

Request for an Extension of Time for an Appeal online form

Frequently Asked Questions

 I just received a Penalty Notice, what now?
 
In Section 12 0f By-law 20-073, who is "A Person who is given a Penalty Notice"?

 “A Person who is given a Penalty Notice” is one or both of the registered owner(s) of the vehicle.

Review By-law 20-073

What are my options when a Penalty Notice is issued? 
  • Pay the Penalty Notice; or
  • Request a review by a Screening Officer.
How can I pay a Penalty Notice?

Please have your Penalty Notice with you when you pay:

  • Pay online (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or VISA debit or MasterCard debit)
  • By mail (cheque) sent to 500 George St. N., Peterborough, ON K9H 3R9 – Attention: Finance – AMPS Payment. Note: If paying by cheque, be sure to add your Penalty Notice number to the front of your cheque.
  • In person (cash, cheque, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, VISA debit or MasterCard debit) at City Hall, 500 George St. N.
  • By telephone, using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, VISA debit or MasterCard debit). Please call 705-742-7777 ext. 1865
How can I request a Screening of my Penalty Notice? 

A Person who is given a Penalty Notice may request that the Administrative Penalty be reviewed by a Screening Officer by submitting the Request for Screening before 4:30 p.m. on the 21st day after Penalty Notice Date. If the Person who was given a Penalty Notice has a valid reason for missing that deadline, the Person can complete the form called Request for Extension of Time for a Screening, and the Screening Officer will review your reason(s) and grant the extension or not. Please review By-law 20-073 carefully and pay particular attention to Section 13 of By-law 20-073.

The types of Screening that can be requested are:

  • In-Person Screening (a Screening scheduled by the Screening Officer at City Hall);
  • An electronic Screening (E.g. Screening via Zoom); or
  • Written Screening (a written Screening allows your Request for Screening to be processed without your scheduled attendance at City Hall or via remote means).

Your Request for a Screening expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the twenty-first (21st) calendar day after the Penalty Notice Date. Once the Request for Screening form has been completed and received, the individual will be notified of their scheduled in-person or remote Screening date and time.

Note: For all Screenings, a written Screening Decision will be sent to you. If you attend or do not remain at the Screening, you will be deemed to have abandoned your request for a review by the Screening Officer and you will not be able to request an appeal of the Screening Officer’s decision.

What if I missed the deadline to schedule a Screening? 

You may request an extension in time to schedule a Screening. Your right to request an extension expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the 42nd day after the Penalty Notice Date. The Screening Officer may or may not grant the requested extension. Please review By-law 20-073 and pay particular attention to Section 13(c). Request for Extension of Time for a Screening.

What if I am not satisfied with the result of a Screening? 

If you are not satisfied with the Screening Decision, and you attended and remained at the Screening, you may request an appeal by a Hearing Officer. Please review By-law 20-073 carefully and pay particular attention to Sections 13 and 14.

Your ability to request an appeal in front of a Hearing Officer expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the twenty-first (21st) calendar day after the Screening Decision Date.

Note: On appeal, the Hearing Officer will only consider the information/evidence submitted at the Screening. 

Does it cost anything to request a Screening or Hearing?
No. A fee is not charged to obtain a Screening Decision of a Penalty Notice or to appeal a Screening Decision to a Hearing Officer. However, if you do not attend or remain at a scheduled Screening or appeal, additional Administrative Fees may apply.
Can I authorize someone else to act on my behalf? 

Anyone can make payment on your behalf as long as they have your Penalty Notice and licence plate number.

Only a person who is given a Penalty Notice may exercise the request for a Screening Decision. If the Penalty Notice was placed on or affixed to the vehicle, only the vehicle owner(s) may exercise the right to request a review before a Screening Officer or, after a Screening Decision has been issued, request an appeal before a Hearing Officer. The Person must attend and remain at the scheduled Screening or appeal.

An authorized representative may also attend with the person who was given a Penalty Notice before a Screening Officer provided that they are authorized by the registered owner of the vehicle. 

For appeals, only an authorized representative, who must be a lawyer, a licensed paralegal or a person who is exempt from the requirement to be licensed by by-law pursuant to the Law Society Act, R.S.P. 1990, c. L. 8, may attend with the registered owner of the vehicle.  

When and where are Screenings and Appeals held? 
A person who has received a Penalty Notice and who has requested a screening will, if the request is granted be given at least 7 days notice of the Screening or appeal date. The same notice will be provided for someone who is granted an appeal before a Hearing Officer. Once scheduled, appointments for a Screening or an appeal cannot be re-scheduled and the applicable Screening Administrative Fee will be added to any scheduled Screening or appeal which you miss or fail to remain at. If you have concerns about your ability to be available at short notice, you may wish to choose to have your Screening happen in writing without you needing to attend. Please see Section 13(c)(v)(3) of By-law 20-073 for information about Screenings without meeting the Screening Officer.
What if I don't attend a scheduled Screening or Appeal? 

If you do not attend or fail to remain at your scheduled Screening or appeal, the Administrative Penalty will be affirmed and the Person who was given the Penalty Notice will be assessed the applicable No-Show Administrative Fee, which for a Screening No-Show is $50.00 and an Appeal No-Show is $100.00.

Note: If you did not attend or if you failed to remain at your scheduled Screening, the Screening Officer’s decision is final and it may not be appealed. 

What if I missed the deadline to schedule a Screening? 
You may request an extension in time to schedule a Screening. Your right to request an extension expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the 42nd day after the Penalty Notice Date. The Screening Officer may or may not grant the requested extension. Please review By-law 20-073 and pay particular attention to Section 13(c). Request for Extension of Time for a Screening.
What happens if I do nothing and ignore the Penalty Notice? 

Failure to pay a Penalty Notice will result in additional Administrative Fees. For unpaid parking Penalty Notices, notice will be sent to the Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles who will deny the renewal of existing licence plates, or the issuance of new vehicle licence plates.

The City may:

  • revoke any licence or permit issued to the individual by the City
  • add the outstanding amount of the Penalty Notice to the tax roll for any property in the City for which all of the owners are responsible for paying the Penalty Notice and collect it in the manner as municipal taxes
  • send the outstanding to a collection agency
  • take such other steps as may be permitted by applicable law
About the AMP system 
 
What are Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)?

An Administrative Monetary Penalty system, using Penalty Notices, is an emerging approach to dealing with minor by-law infractions in a manner which is fair, effective and efficient. This approach has been adopted by numerous municipalities, the province and by the federal government and is designed to streamline the enforcement process and increase compliance with City of Peterborough by-laws.

The AMP system transfers by-law disputes from a Provincial courtroom to the municipality through the use of Screening and Hearings Officers who are able to modify, cancel, or affirm penalties. This approach is designed to reduce congestion in the courts and to provide a local, accessible and efficient dispute resolution system. 

Why did the City move to the AMP system? 

The City is moving towards an AMP system in order to encourage compliance with City by-laws without creating a punitive system of fines which is tied to the provincial court system. AMP systems have become a common practice amongst numerous municipalities, the province, the federal government, and in other jurisdictions around the world. In Ontario, the use of municipal AMPs is permitted under the Municipal Act, 2001 and certain pieces of provincial legislation. AMP systems help the over-burdened courts by streamlining the process and allowing municipalities to handle minor by-law infractions. Peterborough’s City Council approved the implementation of an AMP system with By-law 20-073. 

How is the AMP system more effective?

Using a trial to resolve minor by-law infractions, such as parking matters, could potentially take months in the congested court system. The AMP system helps to speed up the process by resolving minor by-law infraction matters in a shorter period of time and through using a municipally-run resolution process which maintains an individual's right to request a Screening of their Penalty Notice and, in some cases, to request an appeal before a Hearing Officer.

The AMP system is more effective because:

  • Citizens can choose to resolve by-law infraction matters via written submissions or electronic hearings rather than through in-person hearings
  • It enables the City to deal with minor by-law infractions in a timely manner;
  • Citizens may request an extension of time in which to request a review by a Screening or an appeal by a Hearing Officer;
  • Citizens may request an extension of time to pay a fine from a Screening or Hearing Officer;
  • It reduces congestion in the over-burdened provincial court system; and,

It results in a better use of court time and other resources for more serious matters such as Highway Traffic Act offences.

Does the AMP system apply to all by-law infractions? 

No. This system currently applies to by-law infractions related to:

  • Parking infractions
  • Road Closure infractions
  • Animal Control

Eventually AMPs will apply to a broader range of City by-laws and, when permitted by the Province of Ontario, to other offences. 

About Penalty Notices
 
What is a Penalty Notice and what do they look like? 

A Penalty Notice is the same as a ticket except that it requires payment of a penalty instead of a fine. The Penalty Notice is issued by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer to an individual or corporation when they have committed a by-law infraction. 

The yellow penalty notice issued by the City of Peterborough with the parking infraction information and instructions on the AMP system

 

 
How are Penalty Notices issued? 

City of Peterborough Municipal Law Enforcement Officers can issue a Penalty Notice through the following methods:

  •  On the vehicle
  •  In person
  •  Through registered or regular mail to the individual's last known address
  •  By facsimile (fax) to the individual's last known facsimile transmission number
  •  By email to the individual's last known email address
Note: Parking-related Penalty Notices are generally issued by attaching the Penalty Notice to the vehicle or by serving the notice directly to the operator; however, they may also be issued through any of the other methods noted above. Under Section 12 of By-law 20-073, “A Person who is given a Penalty Notice” is one or both of the registered owner(s) of the vehicle. Also see Section 15 of By-law 20-073
Do Penalty Notices cost more than traditional fines? 
No. Penalty Notices issued under the AMP system do not cost more than traditional fines. However, in certain cases, additional Administrative Fees may be applied to the original penalty amount. 
Are there any additional administrative fees? 
Yes. Under specific circumstances, additional Administrative Fees are applied to the original penalty due. For instance, additional Administrative Fees are applied to late payments, the failure to attend a scheduled Screening or appeal, and for performing Ministry of Transportation (MTO) searches and for MTO plate denial. 

Disclaimer: this page is provided for information purposes only. Please see By-law 20-073 for the complete description of the City’s AMPs System. If you do not understand By-law 20-073, please consult your own licenced provider of legal services.