Comox launches new bylaw dispute system
Comox Town Hall (Vista Stock Photo)
If you get a Bylaw notice from Comox, there is a new way of disputing it.
The Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System has gotten an update, and the town says it’s a simple, fair and cost-effective way to deal with minor bylaw contraventions such as animal control, watering and parking infractions.
“This system is intended to simplify the bylaw dispute process and allow for a quicker and more efficient way to resolve disputed Notices, eliminating time spent in court for the Bylaw Enforcement Officer or witnesses, as well as the need for involvement of legal counsel,” explained Mayor Russ Arnott.
Under the new system, the individual may pay the fine amount or notify the Town of Comox that they wish to dispute the allegation. In the event the person does neither, the amount of the notice will be due and owing.
The town says that should someone wish to dispute the Bylaw Notice, they will be contacted by a screening officer to review their case.
If the bylaw notice isn’t cancelled, the disputant will then have the option to have their case reviewed by the adjudicator that has been assigned to the Town of Comox by the Province.
If the bylaw notice is upheld, the disputant will have to pay the full charge and a $25 adjudication fee to offset the cost of the process.
The Town offers various ways to pay Bylaw Notices, and recently added Interac e-Transfer as an additional payment option to help remove obstacles for individuals wishing to pay the infractions.
For more information about the new Bylaw Notice, visit the Town of Comox website.