The Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication system provides a simple, fair and cost-effective method for dealing with straightforward bylaw violations. It is much less costly, complex and time-consuming than a system in which tickets can be disputed only by going to court.
Bylaw Violation Notices (BVN) are only issued after an investigation confirms that a bylaw contravention exists. Before penalties are imposed, offenders are usually offered an opportunity to comply. The main goal of bylaw enforcement in the Trust area is not to collect penalties; it is to encourage compliance with the community's bylaws.
The Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication system replaces provincial court with an adjudicator. People disputing a BVN can present their objections to the notice by phone, by mail, in person or online. The BVN includes information on how to do this. Disputes for the Islands Trust are adjudicated by the North Shore Bylaw Dispute Registry.
Under the Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication system an Islands Trust screening officer hears initial objections to BVNs. If the objection is found to be valid, the screening officer can cancel the BVN. The screening officer can also authorize a reduction in the penalty amount in return for compliance with the bylaw. This step is carried out through a Compliance Agreement and may include remedial actions.
Gabriola, Galiano, Gambier, Mayne, North Pender, Salt Spring, and Thetis local trust areas have adopted the Bylaw Enforcement Notice system.
Please refer to the Bylaw Enforcement Notice & Dispute Adjudication System brochure for information regarding Bylaw Enforcement Notification bylaws.
To dispute a bylaw violation notice online please use our online dispute adjudication form.