Administrative Monetary Penalty system (AMPS) for By-Law Violations


What are AMPS?

The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) is an improved way to pay and dispute Penalty Notices (tickets) for By-Law violations. The process allows the Municipality to manage disputes regarding Penalty Notices instead of the provincial courts.


For the AMPS By-Law   CLICK HERE 


For the Fees and Charges By-Law CLICK HERE 


If you receive a Penalty Notice you have two options:

  1. Pay within fifteen (15) days of the Penalty Notice being issued. To find out more about payment options please refer to the back of the Penalty Notice.


  1. Appeal the Penalty Notice. To request a Screening Review, the individual must request in writing, in person, by mail, or online. Once a Screening Request form is submitted a Screening Review can be scheduled. The Screening Review is conducted in person by a Screening Officer, who has the authority to Affirm, Amend, Rescind, or Extend time for payment.


Request in writing a review with a Screening Officer:

When you request a Screening Review and fail to appear or remain at your scheduled In-Person Screening until your matter has been determined by the Screening Officer, you will be deemed to have abandoned your request for a Screening, the Administrative Penalty will be affirmed, and you will be liable for an additional non-appearance fee as per the AMPS By-Law.

For the screening form    CLICK HERE


What is different?

Prior to AMPS, ticket disputes were handled through the judicial system, and it could take up to a year to receive a hearing date in court. Under AMPS, Penalty Notice disputes are handled by the Municipality of Magnetawan, through initial Screening Review and Hearing. With AMPS replacing the judicial process for appealing tickets, valuable provincial court time will be made available for more serious matters. The Screening officer is an individual that works for the Municipality of Magnetawan. Penalty Notices issued under AMPS are deemed served, if issued at the time of the violation, hand delivered, sent by registered mail, or sent via email to the individual. 


Failure to respond to a Penalty Notice.

If you do not respond to the Penalty Notice by the due date — either by paying the penalty or scheduling a Screening Review — you automatically waive your right to a review, and the Administrative Penalty is deemed affirmed and not subject to review.


How to pay a Penalty Notice 

Payments for Penalty Notices must be made within fifteen (15) days of when the Penalty Notice issuance to avoid additional administrative fees. If payment is not received by the due date an additional surcharge will be added for late fees. If you fail to choose one of the below options within 15 days of receiving the notice, you will be deemed not to dispute the penalty. If the penalty goes into default, steps will be taken to enforce your defaulted penalty which includes adding the amount to the tax roll.


By Mail:

Write the Penalty Notice number on the front of your cheque or money order, make payable to “The Municipality of Magnetawan” and mail to:

Municipality of Magnetawan

4304 HWY 520, P.O. Box 70

Magnetawan, ON

P0A 1P0


DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL. Post-dated cheques or payments by installments will not be accepted. NSF cheques will be subject to an additional administrative fee and automatically added to the tax roll. 


Payment date is the date received, not the date of mailing. Note carefully the dates allowed for payment (within 15 days of the date the Penalty Notice was served).


In Person:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Municipality of Magnetawan

4304 HWY 520, P.O. Box 70

Magnetawan, ON

P0A 1P0


Note: Dishonored cheques will be subject to an administrative charge of $45.00


How to appeal a Penalty Notice

If you wish to dispute a Penalty Notice, you can obtain a “Request for Screening Officer Review” form by contacting the Bylaw Enforcement Department at: Municipality of Magnetawan: (705) 387-3947


Print the forms found online and submit the completed forms via the posted instructions on the forms. 

For the forms CLICK HERE 

If, after your Screening Officer Review, you are not satisfied with the Screening Officer’s decision, you may request to meet with a Hearing Review Officer. The Hearing Review Officer’s decision is final.


**Any time limit that would otherwise expire on the Weekend or a Holiday is extended to the next day that is not a Weekend or a Holiday.


For more information reach out to us at the Municipal Office (705) 387-3947 or or contact our By-law Department 


Jason Newman By-law Enforcement Officer 

(705) 477-3793