Infringements (Fines) Infringements (Fines)

Infringement Notices & Payments

Penalty infringement notices (PIN) can be issued for a breach of a Council local law or a breach of the state law.

To view Maranoa Regional Council Local Laws click here

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

The dollar value of an infringement is displayed on the infringement notice and is dictated by the penalty unit value set by the state government under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (the Act)

Infringement options

  • Paying an infringement (make this a link to the information below)
  • Payment options (make this a link to the information below)
  • Infringement disputes and appeals (make this a link to the information below) 

Paying an infringement

  • In person at any Council Customer Service Centre
  • By phone – Credit Card by calling 1300 007 662
  • Mail by sending cheques to:

Maranoa Regional Council                                              
PO Box 42                                               OR             PO Box 620
Mitchell QLD 4465                                                     Roma QLD 4455

The infringement must be paid on time. If it is not, it will be referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER). Once the matter has been referred to SPER additional fees may apply.  All enquiries relating to the infringement are to be directed to SPER and not Council. The contact number for SPER is 1300 365 635.

Payment options

Option 1: Pay in full

If Council receives full payment within 28 days after the date of the notice, the infringement will be finalised and no further prosecution or enforcement action will be taken.

Option 2: Apply to pay by instalments (offences of $200 or over only)

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

Complete the back of the infringement notice and return it by mail or in person with your first instalment of $60.00

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

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

Failure to comply with the instalment plan will result in enforcement action being taken by SPER.

Note: Once your instalment plan is in place all enquiries should be directed to SPER on 1300 365 635.

Option 3: Elect to have a Court hearing

Complete the details on the back of the infringement notice and return it to the Chief Executive Officer, Maranoa Regional Council, PO Box 620 Roma QLD 4455

If Council receives your court election within 28 days after the date of 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.

Option 4: Lodge a statutory declaration (vehicle related offences only)

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 after the date of the notice.

The statutory declaration should state that the vehicle (whichever is applicable):

  • 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.

Infringement disputes and appeals

If you have been issued an infringement notice (PIN) for an offence relating to animals, parking or other breaches of Local or State Legislation and believe there may be cause for it to be withdrawn, you may request Maranoa Regional Council to review the fine.

An infringement may be withdrawn in the following circumstances:

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

An infringement will not be withdrawn for the following reasons:

  • financial hardship
  • being unaware of the law or not seeing a sign
  • disagreeing with the law. You may feel the offence for which the infringement notice has been issued is trivial or did not cause a problem to anyone
  • forgot to pay registration fee
  • payment was lost in the mail
  • didn’t know a permit was required
  • the problem has now been addressed.

To lodge an appeal to have an infringement withdrawn please provide a written summary of your dispute.

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.

Appeal requests can be submitted via the infringement appeal form (add link to form).

Providing evidence and additional information

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.

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

  • 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
  • Statutory declaration  as support for extenuating circumstances
  • receipts or evidence to support the mechanical reason for why the vehicle was parked illegally
  • Statutory declaration 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.

To download an Infringement Notice Withdrawal Request Form, please click here.