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Infringement notices and payments

Find payment options for parking infringement notices, and when infringement notices can be withdrawn.

Council can issue fines called infringement notices. Infringements can relate to:

  • parking
  • animals
  • parks and reserves
  • signage
  • vegetation
  • illegal dumping
  • littering.

Why council issues infringements

Council issues infringements according to local laws and state laws. These include but are not limited to:

  • Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995
  • Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009
  • Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

To view the state laws, visit the Queensland Legislation website.

Paying an infringement

  • Online via MyCouncil with Visa or MasterCard.
  • Pay in person at any post office by the due date.
  • Post a cheque or money order to Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, QLD 4560. Please include a copy of the infringement notice.

If the infringement is not paid by the due date, Council will conduct a search to find the vehicle owner. The search fee is then passed onto the owner when we send the reminder notice.

You must pay the infringement amount and any extra charges by the due date. If not, Council will refer your infringement to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER). Additional fees apply.

If your infringement is referred to SPER, you must contact SPER for all enquiries. You can phone SPER on 1300 365 635.

You can arrange a payment plan with Council. This option is only available for infringements over $200. To enter a payment plan, you will need to contact Council and arrange to pay an initial $60. You will also need to complete and return the back of your infringement notice. The payment plan will then be referred to SPER.

Once lodged, SPER will contact you to arrange future payments.

Payment options

Withdrawal of an infringement

Council may consider the withdrawal of an infringement notice in extenuating circumstances.

These include but are not limited to:

  • medical emergencies
  • vehicle malfunction
  • the circumstances leading up to the issuing of the notice were unavoidable.

Council will not withdraw an infringements for the following reasons:

  • financial hardship
  • being unaware of the law or not seeing the sign
  • disagreeing with the law. You may feel the offence is trivial or did not cause a hazard
  • running out of petrol
  • not having adequate coins for the meter
  • stopped briefly in restricted zone.

You can submit a request for withdrawal via MyCouncil:

  • register and/or login as an registered user
  • refer to instructions
  • once logged in, select + Submit a new application which is located on the Applications tile
  • read, then tick to agree to the terms and conditions, and select Continue
  • locate Issued infringement notice options
  • select Request for withdrawal (appeal/review of decision)
  • follow the application loading screens to complete the application submission details. Attach evidence where required.

You must include supporting evidence with your application for withdrawal.

Upon receipt of your request for withdrawal we will place your infringement on hold. We will notify you of the outcome within 45 days by your preferred method of correspondence.

You must submit a request for withdrawal within 28 days of the infringement issue date.

Providing evidence and additional information

It is important that you provide supporting evidence when you lodge your request. This helps Council to make an informed decision.

Please include with this form (if applicable):

  • photographs or diagrams
  • vehicle repair receipt
  • statutory declaration
    • advising you've sold the vehicle. Attach a copy of transfer papers or receipt of sale
    • advising illegal use of the vehicle. Attach written advice or crime report from the Queensland Police Service
    • advising you were not the driver of the vehicle. Provide name and contact details of the driver at the time of the infringement.
  • copies of permits or Australian Disability Parking Permit not displayed at the time of the offence
  • copies of medical certificates or other proof to support your request.

Lodging via MyCouncil is the fastest way to submit a request for withdrawal of an infringement. 

You may wish to lodge a hardcopy request via mail or email. Apply via request for withdrawal form (DOCX, 231KB).

Contact

Contact council for more information.

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