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Administrative Monetary Penalty System

The City of Markham is using a new process for the enforcement of most of the City’s parking by-law violations.

The Municipal Act, 2001 allows municipalities to use an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) for parking by-law violations.

Markham City Council passed a By-law [PDF] to implement an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) in June 2015. The program came into effect on October 1, 2015 in the City of Markham.

An Administrative Monetary Penalty System is a more efficient way for municipalities to enforce parking by-laws. A Penalty Notice, which is the same as a Parking Ticket, will be issued by enforcement officers for failing to comply with the City’s Parking By-law.

The new process allows the City to deal with parking matters in a fair, effective and efficient manner. It is designed to streamline the enforcement process and is considered a service enhancement because parking violations are no longer disputed through the backlogged court system.

A number of measures have been put in place to ensure the City’s new process is fair and objective. Penalty Notices can be disputed by requesting an appointment with a Screening Officer. The decision of a Screening Officer can also be reviewed by a Hearing Officer, who is an independent and impartial person.

 

Bylaws

The City of Markham By-law 2015-93 [PDF] sets out the parking penalty, associated penalty amount and any applicable administrative fees.

The City of Markham By-law 2015-94 [PDF] sets out the appointment of Screening Officers and Hearing Officers for the Administrative Monetary Penalty System.

 

Policies

 

Procedures

Use these documents to help prepare you for your Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment.

 

Forms

 

Dispute and Appeal Resolution Process

Concerns regarding parking enforcement and penalty notices will be dealt with according to the following:

Step 1

If you wish to dispute a penalty notice, you are first required to request a Screening Review appointment

Step 2

After reviewing the penalty notice with the Screening Officer, you may choose to appeal the Screening Officer’s decision to the Hearing Officer, by requesting a Hearing Review appointment.

Step 3

If, after reviewing the penalty notice with the Screening or Hearing Officer, you feel that the process followed was not according to the by-law, you may choose to submit a formal complaint using the form below.

Complaint Submission Form [PDF]

AMPS Process Map for Parking Offences [PDF]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is a Penalty Notice Issued?
I just received a Penalty Notice. What are my options?
How can I dispute my Penalty Notice?
I need an Interpreter to assist me during my Screening Review or Hearing Review
What if I missed the deadline to schedule a Screening Review?
What if I don’t attend my scheduled Screening Review or Hearing Review?
What if I am not satisfied with the Screening Officer’s decision?
Can someone else act on my behalf during a Screening Review or Hearing Review appointment?
I just received a Past Due Notice, now what?
I just received a Final Notice, now what?
What will happen if I ignore the Penalty Notice?
Are there any additional administrative fees?
Why did Markham implement the AMPS program?
Types of Penalty Notices