Local Government Act 1993 No 30
679 Penalty notices for certain offences
(1) An authorised person may serve a penalty notice on a person if it
appears to the authorised person that the person has committed an offence
under this Act (other than an offence under section 312, 650 or 651), being an
offence prescribed by the regulations.
(2) A penalty notice is a notice to the effect that, if the person
served does not wish to have the matter determined by a court, the person may
pay, within the time and to the person specified in the notice, the amount of
penalty prescribed by the regulations for the offence if dealt with under this
(3) A penalty notice:
(a) may be served personally or by post, or
(b) if it relates to an offence involving the use of a vehicle, may be
addressed to the owner (without naming the owner or stating the owner’s
address) and may be served by leaving it on or attaching it to the
(4) If the amount of penalty prescribed for an alleged offence is paid
under this section, no person is liable to any further proceedings for the
(5) Payment under this section is not regarded as an admission of
liability for the purpose of, and does not in any way affect or prejudice, any
civil claim, action or proceeding arising out of the same
(6) The regulations may:
(a) prescribe an offence for the purposes of this section by
specifying the offence or by referring to the provision creating the offence,
(b) prescribe the amount of penalty payable for the offence if dealt
with under this section, and
(c) prescribe different amounts of penalties for different offences or
classes of offences.
(7) The amount of a penalty prescribed under this section for an
offence must not exceed the maximum amount of penalty which could be imposed
for the offence by a court.
(8) This section does not limit the operation of any other provision
of, or made under, this or any other Act relating to proceedings which may be
taken in respect of offences.