Infringement notices and payments

Infringement notices can be issued for a breach of a Council local law or state law.

Penalty units

The dollar value displayed on the infringement notice is governed by the penalty unit value. Queensland's Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015 defines the dollar value of a penalty unit. This is subject to a yearly review by the Queensland State Treasurer.

The penalty unit value in Queensland from 1 July 2018 is $130.55.

It is important to note that when the penalty value is applied to offences enforced through the issuing of a Prescribed Infringement Notice (PIN), the amount of the PIN is rounded down to the nearest whole dollar. For example:

  • If an infringement notice prescribes a penalty of 1 penalty unit the monetary value of the penalty is $130.00 (rounded down from $130.55)
  • If an infringement notice prescribes a penalty of 2 penalty units the monetary value of the penalty is $261.00 (rounded down from $261.10)
  • If an infringement notice prescribes a penalty of 3 penalty units the monetary value of the penalty is $391.00 (rounded down from $391.65)

Infringements are due 28 days from the date on the notice. The infringement and any other additional charges must be paid by the due date. If the infringement is not paid in full by the due date, Council will refer the infringement to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER). This will result in further charges and may result in the suspension of the offender's driver's licence and other recovery action. Once Council has referred the infringement to SPER, all enquires should be directed to SPER.

Payment options

Option 1: Pay in full

Online

Have your Infringement Notice Number handy

Located on the top left of the infringement notice.

Pay in full

Pay now

Payment can be made by Mastercard or Visa.

Receipt will be emailed to you

The infringement will be finalised and no further prosecution or enforcement action will be taken.

In person

Take your infringement notice

Visit one of the following

Customer Service Centres

Receipt will be issued to you

The infringement will be finalised and no further prosecution or enforcement action will be taken.

Applications to pay by instalments can be made for infringements over $200 and must be made within 28 days from the date on the notice.

Complete the back of the infringement notice and return it in person or by mail with your first instalment of $60.

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) will send you an instalment plan.

If you make all the monthly payments, the infringement notice will be finalised and no further prosecution or enforcement action will be taken against you.

Complete the details on the back of the infringement notice and return to the Chief Executive Officer, Moreton Bay Regional Council, PO Box 159 Caboolture QLD 4510.

If Council receives your court election within 28 days from the date on the notice, a prosecution against you may be commenced in a Magistrates Court.

You are responsible for obtaining your own legal advice before the Court hearing.  If found guilty of the offence you may be required to pay costs.  If you do not appear on the date set for the hearing, the offence may be heard in your absence.

All vehicle related infringement notices are issued to the owner of the offending vehicle who is taken to have committed the offence.  However the owner's liability may be removed by providing a Statutory Declaration identifying the actual offender within 28 days from the date on the notice.

The statutory declaration(PDF, 43KB) should state that the vehicle:

  • was being used illegally
  • was being used by another person (nominated by you)
  • was being used by another person (but unable to be identified)
  • has been sold or otherwise disposed of. 

if you have been issued an infringement and believe there may be cause for it to be waived, you may request Moreton Bay Regional Council to review the fine.

An infringement may be withdrawn in the following circumstances:

  • an exemption from the law
  • reasonable excuse (e.g. compassionate grounds, emergency medical reason or circumstance)
  • an error on the infringement notice
  • vehicle related offences (vehicle sold, vehicle stolen or unknown user)

It is important that you provide sufficient supporting evidence when you lodge your request for an appeal to have an infringement withdrawn.  This helps council to make an informed decision.

 Lodge appeal

Providing evidence and additional information

All supporting evidence must be attached to support the reason for requesting an infringement to be withdrawn:

  • photographs of incorrect or missing regulatory signage
  • documents that support medical or compassionate grounds
  • copies of permits or disabled permits not displayed at the time of the offence
  • building approvals or private certifier documents
  • receipts or evidence to support the mechanical reason for why the vehicle was parked illegally
  • Statutory declaration(PDF, 43KB) advising:
    • the vehicle has been sold (copy of transfer papers or receipt of sale must be provided) or otherwise disposed of
    • illegal use (written advice or crime report from the Queensland Police Service must be provided)
    • the vehicle owner was not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence and nominate the name and contact details of the driver at the time the infringement notice was issued
    • the vehicle was being used by another person at the time of the offence but the driver at the time the infringement notice was issued, is unable to be identified.