Fines & Payments
How Do I Pay or Dispute My Ticket?
Fines and Payments: The current maximum penalty for a ticket is $1000 set by provincial regulation. The penalty is the amount that must be paid to avoid an appearance in court or a deemed conviction.
View CVRD Bylaw No. 3209 - Ticket Information Authorization Bylaw.
- Responding to a Ticket
If you were served a municipal ticket, you have 14 days in which to pay the fine specified on the ticket and accept liability for the offence, or notify the Cowichan Valley Regional District that you wish to dispute the ticket.
- Disputed Tickets
Disputed municipal tickets are referred by the CVRD to the Provincial Court for hearing. Upon referral, the clerk of the court issues a notice of a hearing that sets the time and place for the hearing and notifies the CVRD and the disputant.
The penalties associated with a municipal ticket do not place the alleged contravener in jeopardy of imprisonment, and the fine amounts are relatively small, therefore the presiding justice has some flexibility to hear a wider range of relevant, credible and trustworthy testimony as evidence and to adopt procedures that speed the fair conclusion of the hearing.
If a person has indicated that they wish to dispute the allegation and fails to attend the hearing, the justice must review the ticket and convict the person in their absence and impose the penalty if the ticket appears to be in order. A person convicted in their absence who was not at fault for missing the hearing, may apply to the court for a time extension under limited circumstances.
- Failing to Respond to a Ticket
If a person fails to respond to the ticket at all, neither paying the fine nor notifying the district that they want to dispute, the CVRD may submit the ticket to the Provincial Court for consideration by a justice. The justice must review the ticket and convict the person in his or her absence and impose the penalty if the ticket appears to be in order. A claim may be sought for the recovery of the fine.
- How can I pay a ticket?
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit. If you 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.