Bylaw Adjudication Process

The District of Squamish has introduced a new bylaw fine dispute system that will allow for the majority of bylaw fines to be disputed through an independent adjudication system at the local level rather than through the B.C. Provincial Court system. The new Bylaw Noticing and Adjudication Process aligns the District’s dispute process with best practices that have been successful in neighbouring municipalities North Vancouver and Whistler, among others.

How it works

Under the new system, tickets that can be disputed by an adjudicator will be a maximum of $500, and will be issued as Bylaw Notices. Bylaw Notices can be issued by Bylaw Officers, Animal Control Officers, Building Inspectors, Fire Inspectors or Fire Chief, RCMP Officers, Conservation Officers and other designated District staff and external agencies. Fine amounts and instructions on how to pay and/or dispute a Bylaw Notice are included on the reverse side of the notice. 

Disputes are reviewed by a District of Squamish Screening Officer before being referred to an independent adjudicator, and can be facilitated by telephone, in writing or in person. The adjudicator is a professional person with no affiliation to the District, who can resolve disputes in an unbiased manner.

Traditional tickets (Municipal Ticket Information or MTIs) will continue to be issued in certain circumstances when the District may wish to issue a higher fine (up to $1,000) and/or compel that person to appear before a judge. MTI disputes must be disputed through the B.C. Provincial Court system.

Disputing a ticket

If you wish to dispute a bylaw notice, complete the DISPUTE FORM on the back of the ticket or download and complete this DISPUTE FORM and return within 14 days to the District of Squamish. A Screening Officer will telephone to assist you. The dispute form must be received by the District of Squamish within 14 days of the issue date. If you wish to mail a dispute form, please ensure mailing time is accounted for.

A $25 fee is added to the penalty if an adjudicator finds the contravention did occur.

Questions?

View our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have questions about the adjudication process, please contact one of our Bylaw staff:

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed weekends and statutory holidays.