Compliance and Enforcement

Overview

TFN has a Designated TFN Enforcement Officer, a TFN employee whose primary role is to handle laws enforcement matters. If you have a problem relating to any TFN laws or regulations, the officer will do his or her best to address your concerns. The Designated Enforcement Officer will be working closely with the Delta Police Department to ensure that TFN Lands are as safe as welcoming as they can be. The officer will be wearing a recognizable uniform and will be operating in a vehicle clearly marked “Tsawwassen First Nation Peace Officer”.

For further information or assistance please contact the TFN Peace Officer at
(604) 803-9527.

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TFN Enforcement or Delta police?

If you have a concern which has to do with violence, criminal activity, or safety you should always phone the Delta Police. If this situation is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you have a concern which is non-urgent in nature, such as a complaint about noise levels or an unsightly property, you should phone TFN Enforcement at (604) 803-9527.

The following chart lists who to call for some common complaints:

Call TFN Enforcement for… Call Delta Police/ 9-1-1 for…
Noise complaints
Graffiti/Petty vandalism
Soil dumping & other dumping issues
Unsightly properties
Nuisance skateboarding
Unauthorized tree removal
Damage to TFN Lands
Violence
Drug activity
Robbery
Trespass
Sexual harassment/assault
Drunk driving
Domestic disputes

Paying a Ticket

All ticket penalties can be paid directly to Tsawwassen First Nation by paying in cash or cheque payable to “Tsawwassen First Nation” in person at the Administration building between 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.on normal business days, or by mailing a cheque to the TFN Administration building at 1926 Tsawwassen Drive, Tsawwassen, BC, V4M 4G2. Please do not send cash in the mail.

Ticket payments must include a copy of the front page of the ticket or a note including the ticket number, the recipient’s full name and address, the date of issue, and the regulation and section contravened.

If a ticket is paid early – before 14 days have passed – then the penalty owed will be discounted by up to 50%. However, if a ticket is paid late – after 29 days have passed – an additional late fee will be charged on top of the full ticket amount. The specific amounts of penalties, discounts, and late charges are listed for each ticketable contravention in the Ticket Regulation, 2013.

Disputing a Ticket

It is important to note that if you wish to dispute any ticket, you must do so within 14 days of receipt of the ticket or you will lose your right to dispute the ticket and you will required to pay the penalty stated on the ticket.

The appeal processes is different for different types of contraventions:

  1. Offence tickets may be disputed within 14 days of receipt of the ticket to the B.C. Provincial Court in accordance with the procedures set out in the Offence Act (B.C.).
  2. Contravention tickets may be disputed within 14 days of receipt of the ticket by filing a Notice of Claim in writing to the TFN Judicial Council. The Notice of Claim must provide an address for the person disputing the allegation and sufficient information to identify the ticket and the alleged contravention.
  3. Compliance notices may be disputed within 14 days of receipt of the compliance notice by delivering a Notice of Claim to the TFN administration office, or appearing in person at the TFN administration office to give notice of dispute. The notice must provide an address for the person disputing the allegation and sufficient information to identify the ticket and the alleged contravention.

There is no charge to file an initial compliance notice dispute at the TFN Administration office. However, if the compliance notice is confirmed by the screening officer or a compliance agreement is entered into, there is a $25 administrative fee.

For matters which are appealed to the Judicial Council, if the fine on the ticket is less than $1,000, then there is no charge to file an appeal. For tickets over $1,000, a $100 filing fee will be required in order to file the appeal.

For matters which must be appealed to the BC Provincial Court, filing fees will be payable to that court in order to commence the appeal.