Administrative Penalty

An administrative penalty is a monetary penalty issued at the discretion of Municipal Affairs for non-compliance with the Safety Codes Act. An Administrator appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs is given authority to issue administrative penalties.

Administrative penalties support improved compliance outcomes and do not replace orders and prosecution under the Safety Codes Act.

When an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) becomes aware of a contravention of the Safety Codes Act or non-compliance with an order, the AHJ may ask the Administrator to issue an administrative penalty.

Penalty Amounts

An administrative penalty is a single amount or an amount for each day or part of a day that a contravention or failure to comply continues. The maximum daily amount is $10,000, and the total amount of the penalty cannot exceed $100,000.

Operational Date

Administrative penalties under the Safety Codes Act comes into force December 1, 2017.

Who can receive penalties?

Any person who contravenes (contravener) the Safety Codes Act can receive a penalty. Penalties might be issued to:

  • Owners as defined by the Safety Codes Act
  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Vendors
  • Manufacturers
  • Any person who has failed to comply with an order under the Safety Codes Act


The Administrator will serve a Notice of Administrative Penalty on a contravener and will advise the AHJ. The notice of administrative penalty will include the contravention, the penalty amount, the payment deadline, and appeal information.

Publication of Administrative Penalties

Administrative Penalties issued under the Safety Codes Act

Further Information

For further questions, please call Public Safety Division Communication Inquiry Centre toll free at 1-866-421-6929.

  • Date modified: 2017-11-08