Administrative Monetary Penalty System

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Penalty Notices are issued for contraventions of various City by-laws, including the Parking By-law, Animal By-lawTree Removal By-law, Outdoor Patio Program By-law, and Temporary Road Closure By-law under the Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS), By-law 20-073Sample Penalty Notice - a yellow rectangular ticket with infraction details, the relevant by-law, and amount due all listed

Pictured is an example of a Penalty Notice issued under the Parking By-law. 

The AMP system is designed to streamline the enforcement of, and increase compliance with, City of Peterborough by-laws. Under AMPS, Penalty Notice disputes are handled by the municipality through the use of Screening and Hearing 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. 

Payments

Pay a Parking Penalty Notice online

Only Parking AMPS may be paid online at this time. AMPS issued under other by-laws must be paid by phone, in person, or by mail. 

  • 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

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. Use the link below and then complete the online form.

Request for a Screening

If you received a Penalty Notice and have a valid reason for missing the deadline for a Screening, you can complete the form below to make a 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 

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

Request for a Hearing (Appeal of a Screening Decision)

You can request a Hearing (appeal of a Screening Decision), or request an Extension of Time for a Hearing, by completing one of the forms below. Select the link below and complete the online form. You cannot request a Hearing until you have had a Screening.

Request for a Hearing    

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

Request for an Extension of Time for a Hearing 

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” for a Parking By-law infraction is the Registered Owner(s) of the vehicle. For AMPS issued under other by-laws, “A Person who is given a Penalty Notice” is the Person who is given a Penalty Notice relating to the contravention of a Designated By-Law or Property Standards Order. 

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 by filling out this form before 4:30 p.m. on the 21st day after the Penalty Notice Date.
How can I pay a Penalty Notice?

Please have your Penalty Notice with you when you pay:

  • Pay online (Parking Penalty Notices only): (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 before 4:30 p.m. on the 21st day following the Penalty Notice Date? 

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 the Penalty Notice Date. Please review By-law 20-073 carefully and pay particular attention to Section 13.

The types of Screening that can be requested are:

  • An in person Screening; or
  • Written Screening (a written Screening allows your Request for Screening to be processed without your scheduled attendance).

Your Request for a Screening expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the 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 Screening date and time.

Note: For all Screenings, a written Screening Decision will be sent to you. If you do not 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 a Hearing. 

Extension: What if I missed the deadline to schedule a Screening? 

If the Person who was given a Penalty Notice has a valid reason for missing the 21-day 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 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 a Hearing by a Hearing Officer. Please review By-law 20-073 carefully and pay particular attention to Sections 13 and 14.

Your ability to request a Hearing expires if it has not been exercised before 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the 21st calendar day after the Screening Decision Date.

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

Can I use one Screening or Hearing form to deal with multiple Penalty Notices?

No, each Penalty Notice needs to be dealt with on its own merits; that means that you need to complete, as appropriate, one of the following forms for each Penalty Notice you are disputing:

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 file a Request for a Hearing. However, if you do not attend or remain at a scheduled Screening or Hearing, 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.

With respect to Penalty Notices issued for Parking by-law contraventions, 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 a Hearing. The Person must attend and remain at the scheduled Screening or Hearing.

An authorized representative may also attend a Screening or Hearing with the Person, being the registered owner of the vehicle or the Person who is given a Penalty Notice relating to the contravention of a Designated By-Law or Property Standards Order. 

For Hearings, 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 Person.  

When and where are Screenings and Hearings held? 

A person who has received a Penalty Notice and who has requested a Screening or, if eligible, a Hearing, will be given at least 7 days notice of the Screening or Hearing date. Once scheduled, appointments for a Screening or a Hearing cannot be rescheduled and the applicable Screening or Hearing Administrative Fee(s) will be added to any Screening or Hearing which you miss or fail to remain at. 

If you have concerns about your ability to be available at short notice for your Screening, you may wish to choose to have your Screening happen in writing without you needing to attend.

Hearings are held either electronically or in person and you must attend the hearing. 

Please see Section 13(c)(v)(3) of By-law 20-073 for information about Screenings without meeting the Screening Officer and see Section 14(d)(v)(2) for information about options for meeting with the Hearing Officer. 

What if I don't attend a scheduled Screening? 

In-person Screenings are generally held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at City Hall. The Person who has elected to attend an in-person Screening will be scheduled on a docket with other people for the selected time, and the Screening Officer will determine the order in which Screenings are held. 

If you do not attend or fail to remain at your scheduled Screening, the Administrative Penalty will be affirmed and the Person who was given the Penalty Notice will be assessed the applicable No-Show Administrative Fee of $50.00.

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 don't attend a scheduled Hearing? 

If you fail to attend your Hearing at the scheduled time, a Hearing No Show Fee will be added to the amount owing. 

If you do not attend or fail to remain at your scheduled Hearing, the Administrative Penalty will be affirmed and the Person who was given the Penalty Notice will be assessed the applicable No-Show Administrative Fee of $100.00.

Note: If you did not attend or if you failed to remain at your scheduled Hearing, the Hearing Officer’s decision is final and not subject to review, including review by any Court.

What happens if I do nothing and ignore the Penalty Notice? 

Failure to pay a Penalty Notice will result in additional Administrative Fees being added to the amount owing.

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 deny the issuance of new vehicle licence plates, or, for some classes of vehicles, deny the issuance of a validation sticker.

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 amount 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 a Hearing before a Hearing Officer.

The AMP system is more effective because:

  • Unlike the Provincial Offences system, 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 Officer or a Hearing by a Hearing Officer;
  • Citizens may, during a Screening or Hearing, request an extension of time to pay a fine from a Screening Officer 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.
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. This is a sample of a Penalty Notice issued for a parking infraction. 

Sample Penalty NoticeSample Penalty Notice, reverse

How are Penalty Notices issued? 

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

  •  On a Person's 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. For Parking-related Penalty Notices, 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 Hearing, 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 AMP System. If you do not understand By-law 20-073, please consult your own licensed provider of legal services.