Administrative Penalty Notice
Administrative Penalty Systems (APS) are an emerging approach to dealing with minor by-law infractions in a manner that is fair, effective and efficient. This approach has been adopted by numerous municipalities, the province, and the federal government, and is designed to streamline the enforcement process and increase compliance with City of Hamilton by-laws.
The Administrative Penalty System of enforcement transfers by-law disputes from the courtroom to the municipality through the use of Screening and Hearings Officers who are able to modify, cancel, or affirm penalties. This approach aids in reducing congestion in the courts as well as providing a more local and accessible dispute resolution system. The phasing in of the new APS began in 2017.
The APS system currently applies to by-law infractions related to:
- Business Licensing By-law
- Municipal By-laws
- Animal Ownership By-law
- Wild Life
Administrative Penalty Systems allows citizens to:
Resolve by-law infraction matters in a more convenient and citizen-friendly environment
Request an extension of time in which to request a review by a Screening or Hearing Officer
Request an extension of time to pay a fine from a Screening or Hearing Officer
The system allows the City to better deal with minor by-law infractions in a timely manner. Additionally it reduces congestion in provincial courts allowing for a better use of the courts time and resources for more serious matters, such as Highway Traffic Act offences.
Administrative Penalty System (APS) Notice
Payment must be processed within 15 days of receiving the penalty notice. You will need to pay a $1.10 non-refundable fee for each transaction.
Late fee applies if payment received after 15 days. Additional late fee applies after 30 days.
Pay your APS notice in person with cash, cheque, debit or credit card at any municipal Service Centre.
Drop boxes are available for after hours payments - please do not leave cash.