Fines and offences

Offences

If you don’t obey the law, don’t comply with permit conditions, or if you fail to comply with a Notice to Comply or Warning Notice within the specified time, you are guilty of an offence and are liable to be issued with an Infringement Notice.

Refer to page 36 of Council's Local Law No.10 (available in Word(DOCX, 2MB)  or PDF(PDF, 1MB)) for a list of penalties fixed for infringement notice purposes.  Please note that one penalty unit for Local Laws offences is currently $100.

Infringement notices

Infringement notices are issued by an authorised officer of the Council if you have committed an offence.

When must payment be made?

Within 42 days from the issue date.

How can payment be made?

In person

At one of Council’s Customer Service Centres.  EFTPOS available, major credit cards accepted.

By mail

To Macedon Ranges Shire Council, PO Box 151, KYNETON VIC 3444.  Cheques are to be made payable to Macedon Ranges Shire Council.  Payment must reach Council no later than the due date.

Online

You can pay the following infringements online with Visa or Mastercard:

Appealing an infringement

Appeals can be made for the following reasons:

  • The infringement was issued contrary to law
  • There is a mistake of identity
  • There are special circumstances
  • There are exceptional circumstances.

Appeals must be made by the due date, in writing, to the Coordinator of Local Laws, P.O. Box 151, KYNETON  VIC 3444.

Special circumstances

(a)    a mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness where the disability, disorder, disease or illness results in the person being unable—

  1.         to understand that conduct constitutes an offence; or
  2.         to control conduct that constitutes an offence; or

(b)    a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance within the meaning of section 57 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 where the serious addiction results in the person being unable—

  1.         to understand that conduct constitutes an offence; or
  2.         to control conduct which constitutes an offence; or

(c)    homelessness determined in accordance with the prescribed criteria (if any) where the homelessness results in the person being unable to control conduct which constitutes an offence.

 There are guidelines for appeals under special circumstances as defined by legislation.