Did you know that a man in Brampton got a $75 ticket for parking in his driveway? He parked his car at an angle on was partially on his front lawn.
He received a ticket for parking in an “unauthorized area” because the by-law in the City of Brampton does not allow parking on the landscaped area of your house.
Sometimes the location or the reason for your parking ticket can surprise you. Other times, you find that perfect parking spot in the middle of downtown Brampton during rush hour and you don’t realize that you’re minutes away from a Brampton parking ticket.
So, you got a Brampton parking ticket? Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about how to pay your parking ticket, dispute your ticket, and what you can do if you lose your ticket.
Paying Parking Tickets and Costs: How to Deal with It?
You could either have received a Brampton parking ticket or a Parking Penalty Notice. These are both treated the same way by the City of Brampton.
A Parking Penalty Notice is a faster and flexible process for paying or disputing your parking ticket. It applies to parking tickets that are:
- Less than $100
- Are not for accessible parking.
You must pay these penalty notices within 15 days from the date that it was handed to you.
Remember if you have a yellow ticket, it’s a traffic ticket or Provincial Offences Act (POA) violation. A traffic ticket is treated differently from a parking notice or parking penalty notice.
Some of the common parking violations can be about your parking etiquette. Parking 15 cm from the curb, parking while facing the wrong way, or parking an unlicensed car can result in a fee of $30. Obstructing traffic, or obstructing a sidewalk can get you a ticket of $40. Most parking violations will result cost about $30 to $45.
Some of the more expensive violations include:
- Parking 3 cm from a fire hydrant = $100
- Parking in an accessible parking spot without a permit = $350
- Parking in a designated fire route = $150
- Parking a large motor vehicle on a residential street = $125
Brampton Parking Violations
There are some common parking violations you should be aware of. For the full list, check out the City of Brampton website.
City of Brampton by-law states that a vehicle cannot be parked on the street between 2 am and 6 am, and for more than 3 hours at a time unless you have an exemption granted by the City.
Accessible parking has the largest fine. You can only park in the accessible spots if you have a valid Accessible Parking Permit. Without that pass, you're in for a whopping $350 fine.
Fire routes are also expensive parking violations. Take care to avoid parking within meters of a fire hydrant. Blocking these routes can be a real issue when there is an emergency.
Parking in such a way that obstructs traffic will result in a penalty notice.
Remember that you can't park or store your car in your front or side yard.
How to Dispute a Ticket
If you want to dispute your Brampton Penalty Notice, you need to dispute it within 15 days of when you received the ticket.
Every person who wants to dispute their Brampton parking ticket needs to schedule a “Screening Review” by calling the City of Brampton at 311. You can also schedule a Screening Review in person.
At the Screening Review, you’ll meet with a screening officer who can either:
- uphold your parking ticket
- cancel your ticket
- reduce the parking penalty
You have 15 days to appeal the screening officer’s decision. If you choose to appeal, you’ll meet for a Hearing Review. The Hearing Officer’s review at the Hearing Review is final.
Lost Parking Ticket
If you lost your parking ticket, you can retrieve information about it. You can go onto Vancouver's official website and click on the payment tab. You can then type in your license plate number to find information about your ticket.
You do not receive additional time to pay. Put your ticket in a place where you will not lose it and pay for it as soon as possible.
Brampton Parking Enforcement
If you don’t end up paying your Brampton parking ticket on time, that simple $35 ticket can be increased to $180 the longer you ignore it.
If you choose not to pay your penalty notice, you won’t be able to renew your license plate. You could even have your car towed. This happens when you don’t renew your license plate.
There is a chance you could have your car seized by the city to pay for those parking ticket violations.
Pay your Brampton Parking Ticket - Your Options
You can pay your Brampton parking ticket or the penalty notice online using Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. When you make your payment online, you’ll be subject to a processing fee of $1.50 (plus taxes). This applies per penalty notice.
For those who don’t want to pay online, you can also pay by telephone, in person, or by mail using a cheque or money order.
Visa, Master Card or American Express Online payments will be subject to a $1.50 processing fee (plus applicable taxes) per Penalty Notice.
Visa Master Card or American Express
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telephone payments will be subject to a $2.50 processing fee (plus applicable taxes) per ticket or fine.
Brampton City Hall
Service Brampton - 1st Floor
2 Wellington Street West
Southwest corner of Queen St. and Main St.
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, excluding holidays
Brampton Civic Centre
Service Brampton - Main Floor
150 Central Park Drive
Northwest corner of Central Park Dr and Knightsbridge Rd
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, excluding holidays
Cheque or money order
The City of Brampton
P.O. Box 93
Now, you know everything you need to know to pay for your Brampton parking ticket. You can pay your parking ticket online and even start the process of disputing your parking ticket.
Getting a parking ticket can be stressful, but with this knowledge, you won’t be worried about your next steps.