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Parking Tickets & Provincial Offences Act (POA) Tickets, including Red Light Camera Offences

I just received a ticket. What are my options?

Parking Tickets (Part II Offence Notice)

A parking ticket or a parking infraction is formally referred to as a Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part II Offence Notice. These offences are issued against a licence plate and not the driver of the vehicle. If you are unsure if you received a parking ticket, please consult our images of sample tickets

Failure to choose one of the options listed or failure to pay your parking ticket within 15 days can result in:

  • Additional costs (court fees or collection fees)
  • Inability to renew your license plate sticker until outstanding fines have been paid
  • Notification to a credit reporting agency
  • Civil enforcement, which may include garnishment of wages and/or bank accounts, fine amounts being added to property tax bills, or registering a lien against property and assets

Pay a Parking Ticket

Online

Pay your parking ticket online

Parking tickets should be paid within 15 days of their issue date. The due date is indicated on the ticket. If the ticket is past due you may contact the Provincial Offences Collections Section at 613-580-2638 or 1-800-477-4195 for further information. 

  • VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted online.
  • Prepaid or reloadable credit cards or gift cards are NOT accepted online.
  • In order to protect the identity of our clients and safeguard the City of Ottawa’s assets, a $1.50 service charge applies to each ticket payment in addition to any other service charge applied by your financial institution.
  • Parking tickets may be entered into the system approximately one week from the date of issue. If your ticket does not appear in the system after 10 business days please contact us at 613-580-2665 or visit us at one of our Provincial Offences Court Offices.

By telephone

You can call the automated payment system at 613-738-7719, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By mail

Send your payment to:

City of Ottawa
P.O. Box 3450, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1L4

When sending a payment in the mail:

  • We only accept cheques or money orders by mail.
  • Cheques and money orders are payable to the City of Ottawa. You must include the ticket number on your payment method.
  • Cash or credit card payments are NOT accepted by mail.
  • Payments are credited only when received and processed, not the postmarked date.

In person

You may pay in person at any Client Service Centre or Provincial Offences Court Offices.

Review, Trial Options & Timelines

Option 1 - Early payment

The City must receive the early payment within 15 days of Parking Infraction Notice (PIN) issue date.

*This option does not apply to any Federal parking tickets ("F" tickets). The set fine on a Federal ticket is in effect immediately.

Option 2 - Set Fine payment

The Set Fine is in effect immediately, unless an Early Payment (Option 1) amount is shown on the parking ticket. Payment of the set fine amount should be received before the conviction fees or other costs are added.

* Please note for Options 1 and 2, we do not accept responsibility for late delivery of mail. Payment is credited only when it is received at our office, not the postmark date.

Option 3 –Initiate a Review or Request a Trial

Initiate a review

To initiate a review you must attend a First Attendance Facility located at one of the Provincial Offences Court Offices.  At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss the parking ticket before deciding if the trial option is necessary. No appointment is required as this is a first come, first serve facility. You must arrive between, 8:30am and 4:00pm to initiate the review.

Trial option

To request a trial you must attend one of the Provincial Offences Court Offices in person. Please note that a parking ticket trial cannot be set by phone or mail.

To follow-up on a trial request, you can now go online to find out the status of your case.

Parking Infractions

For your reference, below is a list of possible parking infractions.

Due to technical limitations, some parking-related infraction types are abbreviated when printed on your parking infraction notice.  For your reference, below is a list of possible parking infractions written in full. 

To see the corresponding charge in French, click on the language toggle button at the top of this page.

  1. Park within 300m of previous parking space within 1 hour
  2. Stop adjacent to a park between 7:00am and 7:00pm
  3. Stop adjacent to roadway excavation - impede traffic
  4. Stop adjacent to a school between 7:00am and 7:00pm
  5. Park in angled parking space - vehicle front not at curb
  6. Park in angled parking space - vehicle front not at roadway edge
  7. Park in angled parking space - improper angle
  8. Stop in angled parking space - improper angle
  9. Park - not entirely within angled parking space
  10. Park - unauthorized angle parking
  11. Park on a barricaded highway
  12. Stop in a reserved bicycle lane
  13. Park in a bookmobile zone
  14. Stop adjacent to central boulevard
  15. Stop on central boulevard
  16. Park on inner boulevard
  17. Stop on outer boulevard
  18. Stop upon bridge
  19. Stop in a bus zone
  20. Stop in a reserved bus lane
  21. Stop in a bus time point zone
  22. Park on City of Ottawa property in excess of posted time limits
  23. Park on City property known as 170 second Ave for a longer period of time than set out on the sign
  24. Park on City property known as 574 bank St for a longer period of time than set out on the sign
  25. Park on City of Ottawa property in a loading zone
  26. Park on City of Ottawa property in a reserved area
  27. Park on City of Ottawa property in a signed prohibited area
  28. Park on City of Ottawa property in a taxi zone - Lansdowne Park
  29. Stop within crosswalk
  30. Stop within school crosswalk zone between 7:00am and 7:00pm
  31. Park within 15m of the leaving side of a crosswalk controlled by traffic control signal - no intersection
  32. Park within 30m of the approach side of a crosswalk controlled by traffic control signal - no intersection
  33. Stop within turning basin of cul-de-sac
  34. Park in excess of 4 hours - disabled permit
  35. Stop on roadway side of parked vehicle
  36. Park - obstruct vehicle use of driveway
  37. Park in front of driveway
  38. Park vehicle on driveway within 0.3m of sidewalk on west side of Lorne Ave between 109m and 152m north of Somerset St
  39. Park on driveway within 0.5m of sidewalk
  40. Park on driveway within 1.5m of roadway - no sidewalk
  41. Park in front of emergency exit from auditorium
  42. Park in front of emergency exit from hospital
  43. Park in front of emergency exit from hotel
  44. Park in front of emergency exit from nursing home
  45. Park in front of emergency exit from public building
  46. Park in front of emergency exit from theatre
  47. Park in no parking area - central Canada exhibition
  48. Park in no parking area - central Canada exhibition
  49. Park in front of fire hall lot - opposite side of highway
  50. Park within 30m of fire hall lot - opposite side of highway
  51. Park in front of fire hall lot - same side of highway
  52. Park within 8m of fire hall lot - same side of highway
  53. Parked in a designated fire route
  54. Park - interfere with formation of funeral procession
  55. Park in space reserved for physically disabled - no permit
  56. Park vehicle exceeding 6.5m in length between 9:00pm of one day and 7:00am of the following day
  57. Park within 3m of a point on the curb or edge of roadway opposite fire hydrant
  58. Park within 9m of intersection
  59. Park within 15m of intersection
  60. Park within 30m of intersection controlled by traffic control signal
  61. Stop within intersection
  62. Park within 1.5m of laneway
  63. Park in front of laneway
  64. Park - obstruct vehicle use of laneway
  65. Park in front of main entrance to auditorium
  66. Park in front of main entrance to hospital
  67. Park in front of main entrance to hotel
  68. Park in front of main entrance to nursing home
  69. Park in front of main entrance to public building
  70. Park in front of main entrance to theatre
  71. Stop a vehicle on a mall when prohibited
  72. Park at time-expired meter
  73. Park in parking meter space - fail to activate meter
  74. Park in parking meter space - meter hooded
  75. Park - impede ingress to metered parking space
  76. Park - prevent egress from metered parking space
  77. Park - prevent ingress to metered parking space
  78. Park more than 15cm from raised curb - one way traffic
  79. Stop in no stopping area
  80. Park in no parking area
  81. Park - not entirely within parking meter space
  82. Park - not wholly within parking space
  83. Park in excess of posted time limits
  84. Park in excess of 3 hours
  85. Park oversize vehicle in more than one parking space - insufficient coin deposits for meters used
  86. Park in paid parking zone-fail to deposit required fee
  87. Park in paid parking zone-in excess of time shown on receipt
  88. Park in pay & display parking zone-fail to place receipt in position so writing and markings face outward so as to be easily seen from outside vehicle
  89. Park vehicle other than motorcycle-fail to deposit appropriate fee
  90. Park school bus between 9:00pm of one day and 7:00am of following day
  91. Park vehicle in "Brewer Park" between 11:00pm of one day and 7:00am of the next following day
  92. Park vehicle on parkland contrary to posted signs
  93. Ark vehicle/permit vehicle to be parked on parkland in pay and display machine space with expired receipt
  94. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space in park without using meter
  95. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space indicating expired time paid
  96. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space in park without activating meter by turning handle
  97. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space in park without depositing coin
  98. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space in park without depositing fee
  99. Park vehicle on parkland in parking meter space in park without using parking card
  100. Park vehicle on parkland in pay and display machine space without placing receipt on vehicle dashboard so that it can be easily seen
  101. Park vehicle on parkland except on portion of park specified as parking area
  102. Park vehicle on parkland between 11:00pm of one day and 5:00am of the next following day
  103. Permit holder park in excess of 48 hours
  104. Unauthorized parking - private property (includes expired meters)
  105. Park - area not designated as a parking meter space
  106. Park - prevent removal of previously parked vehicle
  107. Park within 15m of roadway end on dead end highway
  108. Park - roadway width 6m or less
  109. Stop in a school bus loading zone
  110. Stop on sidewalk
  111. Stop over sidewalk
  112. Park - interfere with clearing of snow
  113. Park - interfere with snow removal
  114. Stand in no standing area
  115. Stop adjacent to obstruction in roadway - impede traffic
  116. Park - interfere with highway sweeping
  117. Park more than 15cm from raised curb
  118. Park too far from left limit of highway - one way traffic - no curb
  119. Park too far from right limit of highway - no curb
  120. Stop vehicle on highway - obstruct traffic
  121. Park for purpose of displaying vehicle for sale
  122. Park for purpose of repairing vehicle - non-emergency
  123. Park between 1:00am and 7:00am from November 15 to April 1
  124. Park vehicle on highway during time period prescribed by the general manager
  125. Park facing wrong direction - no curb
  126. Park facing wrong direction - one way traffic - no curb
  127. Park facing wrong direction - one way traffic - raised curb
  128. Park facing wrong direction - raised curb
  129. Park in a diplomatic loading zone - not loading/unloading
  130. Park in a diplomatic loading zone
  131. Park in an excursion loading zone
  132. Park in a hotel loading zone in excess of 15 minutes
  133. Park in a hotel loading zone
  134. Park in a loading zone
  135. Park in motorcycle zone
  136. Park in a police vehicle zone
  137. Park in taxi zone - taxi not occupied
  138. Park in a tour bus zone
  139. Stop in a tour bus zone
  140. Park in a taxi zone - not a taxi

Provincial Offences Act (POA) Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences & Court Summons (Part I & III Offence Notice)

POA Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences (Part I Offence Notice)

A Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part I Offence Notice can vary in Statute and is usually issued against an individual. If you are unsure if you received a Provincial Offence (POA) ticket, please consult our images of sample tickets

Common Statutes include:

  • Highway Traffic Act: red light camera offences, speeding, careless driving, use of handheld device, fail to stop at a stop sign, etc.
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act: failure to surrender insurance card, driving without insurance, etc.
  • Liquor Licence Act: intoxicated in a public place, open liquor in vehicle, etc.
  • Trespass to Property Act: entering premises when entry prohibited, failing to leave premises after being directed to do so, etc.
  • Municipal By-laws: noise, zoning violations, parking violations, etc.
  • Violations issued by provincial ministries including but not limited to the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Finance and etc.

Failure to choose one of the options listed below or failure to pay your infraction within 15 days could result in:

  • Additional costs (collection agency fees and other court fees)
  • You may be unable to dispute the charges and a justice of the peace may enter a conviction against you
  • Inability to renew your license plate sticker or your driver’s licence until outstanding debt has been paid
  • Suspension of your driver’s licenceNotification to a credit reporting agency of the outstanding debt
  • Civil enforcement, which may include garnishing wages and/or bank accounts, fine amounts being added to property tax bills, or registering a lien against property and assets

Pay a Provincial Offence Act (POA) infraction including Red Light Camera Offence

If the ticket is past due you should call the Provincial Offences Collections Unit at 613-580-2638 or 1-800-477-4195 or email at provincialoffences@ottawa.ca  to arrange for payment.

Check the status of traffic tickets and fines online.

Online

Pay your ticket online

Note:

  • VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
  • Prepaid or reloadable credit cards or gift cards cannot be used.
  • In order to protect the identity of our clients and safeguard the City of Ottawa’s assets, a service charge applies to each ticket payment in addition to any other service charge applied by your financial institution. Fees payable are calculated based on 1.75% of the ticket amount owing to a maximum of $3.00.vice charge applies per ticket in addition to any other service charge applied by your financial institution

By mail

Send your payment to:

City of Ottawa
Fine Payment Office
P.O. Box 3430, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J4 

When sending a payment in the mail:

  • We only accept cheques or money orders by mail.
  • Cheques and money orders are payable to the City of Ottawa. You must include the ticket number on your payment method.
  • Cash or credit card payments are NOT accepted by mail.
  • Payments are credited only when received and processed, not the postmarked date.

In person

You may pay in person at one of the designated Provincial Offences Court Offices.

Review, Trial Options & Timelines

Option 1 – Pay the fine: Plea of guilty (voluntary payment of total payable)

  • The City must receive the payment within 15 days of the Provincial Offences Act (POA) infraction issue date.

For more information about the demerit point system, please visit the Province's webpage

Option 2 - Plead guilty with explanation (reduction of the fine or an extension of time to pay)

  • To be seen by a Justice of the Peace, you or your agent must attend in person at the Provincial Offences Court Office at 100 Constellation Drive. This service is available, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and afternoons from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. This service is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

A Justice of the Peace cannot do the following:

  • reduce the charge (ex:  changing a speeding violation from 100 km/h to 90 km/h)
  • reduce the amount of demerit points associated with the charge
  • provide any extensions or reductions in fine if the defendant is not pleading guilty to the charge

Option 3 - Trial option / Booking a First Attendance Meeting with a Prosecutor

Trial option
  • You or your agent must bring your ticket to one of the Provincial Offences Court Offices in person to file a Notice of Intention to Appear in court. 
  • You may also sign the back of the original ticket and mail it to our office.
  • To follow-up on a trial request, you can now go online to find out the status of your case.

This Guide provides defendants with general information about the court process for provincial offences cases. It does not cover every circumstance that might arise in your case nor offer any legal advice, but it will give you a general idea of what you can expect, and what is expected of you.

To book a First Attendance Meeting with a Prosecutor
  • This meeting is intended to resolve the matter outside of a formal trial, this option is only available for certain infractions.
  • You or your agent must bring your ticket to one of the  Provincial Offences Court Offices in person to book a meeting.

Option 4 - Rescheduling a Trial Date

There are three ways to modify or re-schedule a trial date.

Adjournment of a first trial date
  • Attend the court office where the trial is being held at least 3 (three) business days prior to your scheduled court date and request the Clerk of the Court (counter staff) to provide you with a Request for Adjournment of First Trial Date Form.
  • This option is not available where you received a Summons to appear at court or where you have already appeared at court on the charge.
Notice of Motion
  • Where the first option does not apply you must attend the court office where the trial is being held at least five (5) business days in advance of the scheduled trial and file a Notice of Motion requesting a different trial date. This will also require you to return to court to have this Motion heard by a Justice of the Peace.
Attend the trial date
  • Send a representative on the trial date to request an adjournment from the presiding Justice of the Peace. The Justice of the Peace may or may not approve the request depending on the reasons provided. 

Court Summons

A Court Summons, formally known as a Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part III Offence Notice can vary in statute and is usually issued against an individual.

Common Court Summons statutes include:

  • Highway Traffic Act: driving under suspension, etc.
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act: driving without insurance, etc.
  • Municipal By-laws: noise and zoning violations, etc.
  • Violations issued by provincial ministries including but not limited to the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Finance and etc.

If you receive a summons it is your responsibility to attend court on the date recorded and contact the Provincial Offences Court Offices if you miss your summons date. If you are not present for your court date, a trial date will be set for you or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You will not receive notification if a trial date has been set.

When you appear on the date of your summons you will have the following options:

  • Plead guilty to the offence 
  • Request an postponement/adjournment in order to obtain an agent or council, disclosure or to speak with a Prosecutor about a resolution

Who can issue a POA ticket?

Many agencies have the authority to issue POA tickets. These agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • City of Ottawa By-law Enforcement
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Police Services
  • Ontario Provincial PoliceRCMP
  • Military Police
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Ottawa Transit Commission

Contact us

Parking fines:  3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401)

All other fines: 613-580-2665 (TTY 613-580-2401)

West

Central

 East

Provincial Offences Court Office,100 Constellation

Provincial Offences Court Satellite Office, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Orléans Client Service Centre  

FULL SERVICE 

Main Office
Main Level
100 Constellation Dr

Monday to Friday               
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

*You must arrive between, 8:30am and 4:00pm to initiate a parking ticket review.           
 *All Provincial Offences Court Offices are closed on Statutory Holidays.

SELECT SERVICES 

Satellite Office
Main level - Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West 

Monday to Friday               
8:30 am to 4:30 pm    

*You must arrive between, 8:30am and 4:00pm to initiate a parking ticket review.       
*All Provincial Offences Court Offices are closed on Statutory Holidays.

SELECT SERVICES

Satellite Office
Main level - Orleans Client Service Centre
255 Centrum Boulevard, Suite 100

Monday to Friday               
8:30 am to 4:30 pm          

*You must arrive between, 8:30am and 4:00pm to initiate a parking ticket review.  
*All Provincial Offences Court Offices are closed on Statutory Holidays.

Services

  • General inquiries including but not limited to completing and submitting forms
  • Pay your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences
  • Review your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences
  • Request a trial for your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences 
  • Attend court
  • Walk-in plea of guilt with a Justice of the Peace
  • File an adjournment application

Services

  • General inquiries including but not limited to completing and submitting forms
  • Pay your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences
  • Review your parking ticket
  • Request a trial for your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences

Services

  • General inquiries including but not limited to completing and submitting forms
  • Pay your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences
  • Review your parking ticket
  • Request a trial for your parking ticket or other Provincial Offences Act Infractions including Red Light Camera Offences

Electronic Forms & Resources

Notice of Intention to Appear

By completing this application, a defendant can request a trial for any type of fine.

Motion for Extension of Time to Pay Fine

By completing this application, a defendant may request more time to pay an outstanding fine.

Do not mail this form. You (or someone acting on your behalf) must file this in person at one of the  Provincial Offences Court Offices.

Affidavit in Support of a Request for Reopening

By completing this application, defendants who were convicted without going to trial can request the reopening of a file.

Do not mail this form. You (or someone acting on your behalf) must file this in person at one of the  Provincial Offences Court Offices.

General Affidavit

A sworn statement authenticated by a Commissioner of Oath. This document can be used as evidence in court.

Appeals in Provincial Offences Cases

An appeal is a request to a higher court to review a lower court trial or other decision. More information about this process can be found by following this link here.