The Administrative Monetary Penalty System

What is AMPS:

  • It is an efficient process for collecting, appealing and paying penalties associated with non-compliance of a By-law, Regulation or Act

  • It uses a compliance-based approach, not criminal in nature, adopted by municipalities across Ontario

  • It is a review system of “screenings” and “hearings”, conducted by the Town of Lincoln
  • It improves safety and by-law compliance in the community

Penalty Notice Payment Options:

You have 15 days from the issue date entered on your penalty notice to pay the infraction. 

  1. Pay online

  2. By mail – send the payment (cheque ONLY) in the envelope that was included with the Penalty Notice.
  3. In person at Town Hall


Monday to Friday during business hours (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) & Saturday (6 a.m. to 8.p.m):

Monday to Friday after hours (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.), Saturdays (before 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m.) & all day Sunday:

  • Complete a By-law Complaint Form
  • Call 905-563-2799 Ext. 289 – leave a voice message, a By-law & Enforcement Officer will return your call the next business morning
  • If the nature of the complaint is:
    1. An active noise concern, OR,
    2. Parking-related issue that is a safety concern (i.e., fire hydrant obstruction, sight line issue at corner clearance, vehicle stopped on major roadway)
    • Please contact Niagara Regional Police at 905-945-2211, select Option “1”

Screenings and Hearings:

You can dispute a parking penalty notice (ticket) by booking a screening with a screening officer at the Town of Lincoln. To book a screening please contact contact Municipal Law Enforcement at 905-563-2799 ext. 280.

  • You have 15 days from the date of the penalty notice to request a screening. The screening decision will result in either ticket payment, adjustment or cancellation.

  • Only after a screening decision has been given, are you then able to dispute the outcome with a hearing officer – you are unable to go directly to a hearing
  • Screenings are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Results of the screenings will be given to the person once the screening has been completed and the results reviewed
    • This decision can be given via email or mail, based on your preferences
  • Hearings are scheduled once per month and take place at the City of Thorold offices with a hearing officer.
  • Please note: if you do not attend your scheduled screening or hearing appointment given to you, there will be a non-appearance fee charged to you and added to the notice amount.


Additional Fees:

  • After 15 days, a MTO search fee will be added, and after 30 days, late fees and an MTO Plate Denial Fee will be added to the original infraction amount.
  • If you drive away before an officer can place a notice on your vehicle, an additional $10 fee will apply.
    • This will be charged as an MTO (Ministry of Transportation Ontario) search fee and added to your ticket to cover the cost of the MTO license plate search.
    • Subsequently, the ticket will be mailed to the address associated with that license plate. You will still have 15 days to pay the ticket.
  • No-show for a screening is $50.00 and for a hearing it is $100.00.


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