Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System
Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act
The District of North Cowichan has chosen to implement the bylaw offence notice administrative penalty system to provide for a less formal court-based processes for simple bylaw contraventions like parking violations. Through the adoption of the Bylaw Offence Notice Enforcement Bylaw, North Cowichan has become a party to the Nanaimo Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Registry which has established a dispute process that is presided over by a neutral adjudicator with the maximum penalty that may be imposed established by regulation (currently $500).
A bylaw offence notice (BON) may be written by a Bylaw Compliance Officer and delivered in various ways, including in person or by being left on a vehicle. Pursuing an administrative penalty may have some similarities to a court proceeding but is less formal and occurs outside of the court system as an adjudication. The penalties under the BON enforcement system are strictly monetary, the burden of proof is substantially less, and the adjudicator does not have the ability to adjust the penalty amount.
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If I pay by mail or dropbox your payment must be accompanied by either a copy of the ticket or a note with the following information: ticket number, full name, address, offence and violation date. If you fail to include this information, the payment may not be credited to you and the fine will remain outstanding.
If you pay your BON within 14 days of receipt, your fine may be reduced by 50%. Column A2 in Schedule “A” of the Bylaw Offence Notice Enforcement Bylaw identifies which offences are eligible for early payment reductions. If paid within 15-28 days of receipt, then the full value of the BON is due unless you have entered into a compliance agreement with the Screening Officer. A late payment penalty surcharge is applied if unpaid after 28 days and may be sent to collections.