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Parking Guidelines


Penalty Notices
Parking Tickets will be referred to as Penalty Notices.  See the information below on paying penalty notices and how to dispute them.  Should you have any further questions, please contact our Town Municipal Offices at 905-871-1600

Paying a Penalty Notice
Penalty notices can be paid in the following ways:

Online Payments can be made by on line through our e-services link 
By mail - Send a cheque or money order payable to the following address:
1 Municipal Centre Drive, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 2S6
Drop Off Boxes at the Municipal Office

Note: Do not send cash in the mail and please ensure that it is received by the due date.  

Not Paid Notice - If no action is taken to pay a penalty notice, it will ultimately result in default and your Ontario vehicle permit may be denied by the Ministry of Transportation (Service Ontario). Renewal of existing or the issuance of new Ontario vehicle permits will not be granted until payment is made including all applicable fees.

Should you fail to pay your Penalty Notice or request an appeal with the Town's Screening Officer within 15 calendar days, some or all of the following additional administrative fees will be added to the Penalty Notice:

  • Ministry of Transportation Vehicle Licence Plate Record Search: $10.00
  • Late Payment Fee: $15.00
  • Ministry of Transportation Licence Plate Denial: $22.00

The Ministry of Transportation has their own additional administrative fees which they may add on to the Town's fees prior to releasing a licence plate.

Disputing a Penalty Notice - Penalty Notices will be reviewed by a Screening Officer.  Changes to the dispute process are part of an Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS)

Dispute Process - Request a Screening - Screening appointments during this time will be conducted via email or phone.

A request for review by a Screening Officer must be made within 15 calendar days of the issuance of the penalty notice. The Screening process is to review and determine whether or not the parking infraction was committed. 
A completed Request for Screening Form can be submitted to the Town of Fort Erie online though e-services 
 If you do not have internet access please call 905-871-1600 and someone will be able to assist.
When filling out the online Request for Screening please be concise when describing why you believe the ticket is invalid.  If you choose "result by email", the Screening Officer will review your screening request and the Screening Officer or Designate will reply to you by email. If you request "result by phone" the Screening Officer will review your screening request and the Screening Officer or Designate will provide the result of the screening over the phone.  In-person appointments with the Screening Officer are presently on hold.

The Screening Officer is a Town employee who has been appointed by Town Council and is bound by Conflict of Interest guidelines.

Telephone Screening Appointments:
If you believe that you need to speak with the Screening Officer please indicate this in your Request for Screening. If you choose to have a screening by telephone a notice will be sent to you confirming the date and time of your Screening appointment.

Should you fail to be available during the scheduled time this matter will be considered abandoned and the Administrative Penalty will be affirmed, in addition a fee for having failed to appear can be levied.  
If you are not satisfied with the decision made by the Screening Officer, you can request a review by a Hearing Officer
The request to meet with a Hearing Officer must be made within 15 calendar days of your Screening decision. The Hearing Officer is an independent third party person who is appointed by Town Council and bound by Conflict of Interest guidelines and the Statutory Powers Procedure Act. The Hearing Officer's decision is final. The decision of the Hearing Officer is final.

To request a Hearing you must fill out and submit the "Request for Hearing" form. Please open it and save a copy of the form to your computer before filling it out  REQUEST FOR HEARING.

84-2014 - Administrative Penalty System (AMPS)-Parking Being a By-law to Amend Administrative Penalty By-law No. 84-2014 

Designation of On and Off Street Parking for Disabled Persons By-law No. 125-91

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Seasonal Parking Restrictions

Residents are reminded that no overnight winter parking is permitted in the Town of Fort Erie between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 1 through March 31 of the following year. The Town’s By-law Enforcement Officers will be enforcing Traffic By-law No. 84-2014. The fine for this offence is $40.00 and in addition, your vehicle may be towed at your expense.

Information about parking around Bay Beach can be found here Bay Beach Parking