Bylaw Adjudication System
Under the Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act, local governments may establish a bylaw notice adjudication system. The Village has implemented a Bylaw Adjudication System, which allows the municipality to resolve minor bylaw disputes at the local level rather than through the Provincial Court system.
Previously, a disputed bylaw ticket had to appear in a BC Provincial Court, an expensive and time-consuming process. With the Bylaw Adjudication System, Bylaw Notice disputes are reviewed by adjudicators assigned by the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Bylaw Notices are the only type of ticket issued that can be disputed using the Bylaw Adjudication system.
In some cases, you may have the option to enter into a Compliance Agreement before going to adjudication if you wish to dispute a ticket. This involves a review by a Screening Officer at our office whereby terms & conditions are established and a reduced fine may be applicable.
You can check to see whether a Compliance Agreement is available for your ticket in Schedule A (Column A4) of Village of Pemberton Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 874, 2020.
Disputed tickets that cannot be settled under a Compliance Agreement will proceed to adjudication. See What Happens When You dispute Your Ticket.
Discounts apply to tickets paid within 14 days. Once a ticket is disputed and is upheld after adjudication, the ticket is no longer eligible for this discount. The full amount of the ticket, plus a $25 adjudication fee is then due.
Disputes will only be considered for valid reasons. Bylaw Notices will not be dismissed for reasons such as:
- You were unaware of the regulations or bylaw
- You have never received a ticket before for this violation