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Administrative Monetary Penalties

Administrative Monetary Penalties cover different City Bylaws, with the goal of quickly resolving bylaw violations and decreasing the number of minor violations handled by the Provincial Offences Court system. 

These fines make it possible to issue and deal with penalties directly at the municipal level.  

Received a ticket? 

If you have received an Administrative Monetary Penalty, you can pay it in-person or through the mail, request a review or appeal it. 

How to pay 

You can pay an Administrative Monetary Penalty in-person or through the mail. 

In-Person 

If you want to pay in person there are two locations: 

  • City Hall Payment Centre - 216 Ontario St. 
  • Building and Enforcement - 1211 John Counter Blvd. 
By mail 

If you want to pay by mail, you must include a cheque payable to the City of Kingston and send it to: 

Building and Enforcement Services 
1211 John Counter Blvd. 
Kingston, ON K7K 6C7 

How to request a review 

If you would like to request a Review, create a MyKingston account to easily fill out the form: 

About the appeal process

The Administrative Monetary Penalty appeal process consists of the following steps: 

To request a review or an extension, you must do so before 4:30 p.m. on the 15th day after receiving the Penalty Notice. If you do not receive confirmation of the review before it means you have waived your right to request a review. The Administrative Penalty will be affirmed and not subject to review by any court. 

Extensions granted under this section cannot go beyond the 42nd day after receiving the Penalty Notice. 

To exercise your rights, provide the City with a written notice containing: 

  • Penalty Notice Number
  • Mailing address, fax number (if applicable) and or email address
  • Reasons for failing to request a review within the time limit (when requesting an extension)
  • Grounds for the review request
  • Choose between meeting a Screening Officer in person or having the review conducted in writing based on the provided details

Before submitting your request form, pay the $50 Screening Officer appeal fee. You can pay: 

  • In-person at City Hall Payment Centre, 216 Ontario St., Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (cash, credit or debit accepted)
  • In-person at 1211 John Counter Blvd. Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (cash, credit or debit accepted)
  • By telephone at 613-546-4291 ext. 1240, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (credit only)

Once you submit your review request and pay the fee, the Screening Officer will contact you via email to schedule the file review. 

If you choose to meet with a Screening Officer, we will let you know the date and time of the review. 

If you do not show up at the scheduled time and place for the review, or if you leave before the Screening Officer decides about the Administrative Penalty: 

  • We will consider your request for review to be abandoned. 
  • The Administrative Penalty will be considered final and cannot be reviewed any Court. 
  • You will be required to pay an additional Screening No-Show fee. 

The Screening Officer may: 

  • Give you more time to request a review
  • Consider the officer’s submissions who issued the Penalty Notice under review
  • Cancel, reduce, or extend the time for payment of the Administrative Penalty and any associated administrative fees if: 
    • There is reason to doubt that you broke the designated bylaw
    • You took all reasonable steps to prevent the violation
    • Cancelling, reducing or extending the payment time is necessary to relieve excessive financial difficulty

The Screening Officer must provide you with a written screening decision. 

The right to appeal is limited to those who have received a Screening Decision. 

If you have not exercised your right to appeal before 4:30 p.m. on the 15th day after the Screening Decision date, it expires.  

The same applies if you have not requested an extension before the same deadline. If you miss the deadline, you waive your right to appeal, and the Screening Decision and Administrative Penalty will be affirmed without review. Any extension granted will not go beyond the 42nd day after the Screening Date. 

Administrative Monetary Penalties and fees 

Here is the full list of the Monetary Penalties and associated fees. For a list of fines penalties associated with violating the Water Bylaw, please visit Utilities Kingston’s Water Bylaw Fines and Penalties.

Penalty Amount
Host, conduct, sponsor a Nuisance Party offence (per contravention) $2,000
Noise bylaw offence – amplified music $200
Noise bylaw offence – yelling, screaming, shouting, hooting and hollering $100
Administrative penalty fee – failing to appear for a review by the screening officer $56.30
Administrative penalty fee – failing to appear for a hearing before the hearings officer $112.60
Administrative penalty fee – Failing to pay the Administrative Monetary Penalty by the date on which it is due $28.10
Failure to comply with an emergency order under bylaw 2020-068 $2,000
Obstructing an officer $500
Hearing officer appeal $200
Screening officer appeal $50
Set out unacceptable items on its own or mixed with any waste for which the City provides a collection service. $75
Permit the setting out of waste prior to 5 p.m.  $50
Fail to remove receptacle or items refused for collection prior to 8 p.m.  $50
Interfere with waste set out for collection $75
Throw, place or deposit any waste refuse or debris on any property of the City or any local board thereof, or on any private property without the authorization of the owner or occupant of that property.  $200
Deposit waste on public property $75
Permit waste to be deposited on public property $75
Set out waste for collection at prohibited location $75
Permit the setting out of waste prior to 4:30 p.m. in a special collection area $50
Fail to remove any receptacle, or any items refused for collection prior to 9:30 a.m. daily in special collection area. $50
Permit the setting out of more garbage per eligible property per scheduled collection day without each excess garbage receptacle has a garbage bag tag affixed to it. $50
Deposit or allow the depositing of Waste outside the gate or entrance to a waste management facility. $200
Interfere with waste at a waste management facility $50
Keep livestock or poultry on ineligible property $100
Fail to immediately remove feces left by dog $75
Permit or cause a dog to be public nuisance - persistent barking or howling, damage to public or private property, scatter garbage or interfere with waste management activities, swimming at public beach, swimming or wading pool. $100
Permit or cause a dog to be public nuisance - chase persons, vehicles, domestic animals, livestock, poultry, hens or other animals kept on an agricultural property.  $100
Allow an animal to remain outdoors in extreme weather without adequate protection from elements.  $300
Allow an animal to be tethered unattended on public property longer than 15 minutes.  $100
Allow an animal to be tethered unattended on private property without meeting conditions.  $150
Cause or permit a dog, livestock, poultry or hen to be at-large $100
Fail to comply with off-leash dog park regulation $100
Cause or permit dog or cat to trespass $100
Fail to comply with an Animal Control Order - dog bite or attack $300
Fail to comply with an Animal Control Order - non-permitted species $500

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Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

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