Bylaw Ticketing, Fine Payment and Disputes

How tickets are issued

 

In the City of Prince Rupert, a Bylaw Enforcement Officer or an authorized City Representative may issue a Municipal Ticket Information (MTI) notice to a person or company for a violation to a City Bylaw. Disputes are heard in the Provincial Court of British Columbia by a Provincial Court Judge.

 

 

Paying an MTI Notice

 

You may pay by cash, debit card, cheque or  credit card. If paying with cash or credit card, please do so in person at City Hall. Do not send cash through the mail.  If paying by cheque, make your cheque payable to the City of Prince Rupert, in Canadian Funds and send it to:

City of Prince Rupert

424 3rd Avenue West

Prince Rupert, BC

V8J 1L7

 

If you are paying by a money order or bank draft, please ensure that it is payable to the City of Prince Rupert. 

 

A receipt will not be sent back to you. Your payment must be accompanied by a copy of the front of the ticket or a note giving sufficient information to the municipality, including:

·         The ticket number from the top right hand corner of the ticket

·         Your full name and mailing address

·         The date of the offence and the bylaw name and section of the offence

If you do not provide sufficient details your payment might not be credited to you and the fine may remain outstanding. By paying the fine, you will be deemed to have pled guilty to the described offence. 

 

You may make payment at the front desk on the main floor of City Hall during normal business hours.
 

 

Failure To Pay

 

If the fine is not paid or the allegation contained in the ticket is not disputed within 14 days from the date of service of the ticket, you will be deemed to have pled guilty to the offence charged and the fine amount will be immediately payable.

 

 

Disputing an Municipal Ticket Information (MTI) Notice

 

If you dispute the allegation on the ticket, you or your agent will be required to attend the Provincial Court of British Columbia for a hearing.  There is a cost to file a dispute with the Provincial Court and to be heard by a Provincial Court judge. This service charge will be added to the MTI.  As of May 2016 the cost to dispute a MTI is $90.00.  If a judgement has been issued and you do not follow the payment details issued by the Court, then a Default Hearing is required for an additional $100 cost.

 

To dispute a MTI violation you should first speak with the Bylaw Officer to discuss your concerns.  If you cannot resolve the issue and wish to proceed with Court, then you must fill out a notice of dispute with the Bylaw Officer or Customer Service Representative at City Hall:  

 

When attending to file a dispute, be sure to bring a copy of the MTI or the following information:

  • The ticket number from the top right hand corner of the face of the ticket
  • Your full name and mailing address
  • The date of offence and the bylaw name and section of the offence

 

Disputing Process

 

After your dispute has been received you will receive notice through the mail or in person  informing you of the date, time and location of your hearing. If you do not attend the hearing on the indicated date the ticket will be treated as not disputed and you will be deemed to have pleaded guilty to the offence charged and the fine amount will be immediately payable.