Under the Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act, local governments may establish a bylaw notice adjudication system. This administrative system is an alternative to provincial court for resolving minor local government bylaw infractions.
The Town of Comox approved the implementation of a Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System as a way to create a simple, fair and cost-effective system for dealing with minor bylaw contraventions. This system is intended to:
- Simplify the bylaw dispute process for items such as parking, unsightly premises or watering infractions;
- Allow for a quicker and more efficient way to resolve disputed Bylaw Notices, eliminating time spent in court for the Bylaw Enforcement Officer or witnesses, as well as the need for involvement of legal counsel;
- Eliminate the requirement for personal service of Bylaw Notices, therefore making the system more cost-effective and efficient;
- Help ensure and improve bylaw compliance.
The following positions are appointed as Screening Officers for the purpose of reviewing disputed Bylaw Notices:
- Bylaw Enforcement Officer;
- Chief Administrative Officer;
- Corporate Officer;
- Director of Development Services; and
- Fire Chief.
More information on the Bylaw Notice Adjudication System, as well as a listing of all Comox bylaw offences and their penalties, can be found in the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 2004, 2022.