The District of Peachland has implemented a new Process to dispute most minor bylaw violations. The new system is intended to streamline the Process associated with minor bylaw offence disputes and assigning the appropriate penalty.
Those wishing to dispute Bylaw Notices must do so by completing the dispute/request for adjudication section on the back of the notice and submitting it to the District of Peachland in person, by mail, fax or email within 14 days of issuance.
Disputes will follow a three step process;
1. The individual disputing their Bylaw Notice (disputant) will speak with a Screening Officer. This officer will review the Bylaw Notice and revoke it if appropriate.
2. If the screening officer upholds the Bylaw Notice, the disputant can choose to pay it, or have it forwarded to an adjudicator. If the disputant chooses the adjudication process, they will be notified of what to do to present their case, and informed that they can do so in writing, by phone, or in person.
3. A date, time and location for an adjudication will be provided to the disputant and the hearing will be conducted at Kelowna City Hall. Independent adjudicators will determine whether a bylaw infraction did or did not occur. If the adjudicator upholds the infraction, the full penalty will be applied as well as an adjudication fee of $25. If the adjudicator determines that no bylaw violation has occurred, no fine or adjudication fee will be applied.