The Administrative Penalty System
The City of Mississauga is using a new process for the enforcement of most of the City’s parking by-law violations including accessible parking offences and violations of animal, mobile and business licensing requirements.
The Municipal Act, 2001 allows municipalities to use an Administrative Penalties System (APS) for by-law violations relating to parking and licensing An Administrative Penalty System (APS) is a more efficient way for municipalities to enforce parking and licensing by-laws. Penalty notices similar to a parking ticket will be issued by enforcement officers for by-law violations with the process administered by the City.
An APS is an objective, fair and efficient process where penalty notices are issued, managed and reviewed by Screening Officers. The decision of a Screening Officer can also be reviewed by a Hearing Officer as an independent and impartial third party.
For parking by-law violations a penalty notice is issued and the owner of the vehicle is responsible for paying the administrative penalty to the City.
A person who does not get a required license or does not follow licensing requirements may also be issued a penalty notice.
The City may also charge administrative fees including fees for late payments and failure to appear for screening and hearings.
The administrative penalty and fee amounts for parking contraventions are set out in City of Mississauga By-law 0282-2013 being a By-law to establish a system of administrative penalties respecting the standing, stopping or parking of vehicles in the City of Mississauga.
The administrative penalty and fee amounts for licensing contraventions are set out in City of Mississauga By-law 0135-2014 being a By-law to establish a system of administrative penalties respecting licensing in the City of Mississauga.
Types of Penalty Notices
There are two types of parking penalty notices that the City issues:
- APS Computer version (click for example)
- APS Handwritten version (click for example)
Please Note: Tickets issued at Toronto Pearson International Airport will continue to be issued under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) and managed through the Provincial Offences Court. These POA tickets are called Parking Infraction Notices.
A penalty notice issued for failing to license a dog or cat will have a ticket number starting with "A" (click for example).
A penalty notice issued for failing to comply with mobile licensing requirements will have a ticket number starting with "V" (click for example).
Administrative Penalty System Process
Penalty notices are issued by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer for a violation of a designated parking by-law provision or a designated licensing provision contained in a by-law.
Penalty Notice Options
- Pay the penalty notice within 15 days: online, phone, mail, in person or at a selection of locations as noted on the back of the Penalty Notice.
- Request a review of the administrative penalty by a Screening Officer (see instructions of the back of the Penalty Notice).
- If a person is not satisfied with the decision of the Screening Officer, they may request a review of the decision by a Hearing Officer. The decision of the Hearing Officer is final.
Screening and Hearing Officers
A person who receives a penalty notice may request a review of the administrative penalty by a Screening Officer.
Screening Officers are employed by the City and are appointed by City Council on the recommendation of the City Clerk and the City Solicitor. To ensure impartial decision making City Council members and their relatives and persons indebted to the City (beyond property taxes) are not eligible for a Screening Officer appointment. In addition Screening Officers are bound by the City’s Conflict of Interest Guidelines.
If a person is not satisfied with the decision of the Screening Officer they may request a review of the decision by a Hearing Officer. The decision of the Hearing Officer is final.
Hearing Officers are also appointed by City Council on the recommendation of the City Clerk and City Solicitor. Like the Screening Officer positions, City Council members and their relatives and persons indebted to the City are not eligible for appointment. In addition, employees of the City or not eligible for a Hearing Officer appointment. The Hearing Officers are also bound by the City's Conflict of Interest Guidelines, the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act and the general common law principles of procedural fairness and natural justice. Hearing Officers are independent third parties who impartially conduct hearings in the public interest.
Failure to Respond to Penalty Notices
If a person fails to respond with either of the above options by the due date, the person will be deemed to waive their right to a review of the administrative penalty and may be required to pay additional administrative fees.
For parking penalty notices, if the administrative penalty and fees remain unpaid, a notice of default will be sent to the Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles which will deny the renewal of existing vehicle license permits, or the issuance of new permits.
Outstanding payments for penalty notices related to licensing may result in the revocation, denial or suspension of your license and will proceed to a Collection Agency.
Please Note: Tickets issued at Toronto Pearson International Airport and accessible parking offences will continue to be managed through the Provincial Offences Court.