Fines

A number of NSW agencies such as Police, local Council's, government departments and other agencies are authorised to issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN). The State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO) issues and processes penalty notices on behalf of those agencies. 

The fines system is designed to influence behaviour by imposing a monetary penalty which ensures that individuals take responsibility when they commit an offence. 

Local Council's may issue a PIN or chose to prosecute an individual for an offence committed within it's jurisdiction. PIN's may be issued for a wide variety of offences including:

  • Illegal land uses 
  • Animal control 
  • Non-compliance with food regulations 
  • Carrying out activities on private or public land without approval and 
  • Environmental pollution to name a few. 

Once a PIN is issued, Council will not cancel the notice and Council Officers cannot discuss the matter with you. 

Your options for dealing with a PIN once issued are:

  1. Pay the amount within 21 days.
  2. Submit a request to the SDRO to review the PIN when there are extenuating or special circumstances. 
  3. Elect to have the matter heard in the Local Court. Refer to the back of the PIN for further information. 

If you choose to have the Penalty Infringement Notice heard by a Magistrate in the Local Court, Section 37 of the Fines Act 1996 may apply. This Act states that the PIN fine be set aside and the maximum penalty may be applied. If found guilty of the offence you may have a criminal conviction recorded against you. 

Request for reviews are to be in writing and directed to the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO). For more information including review guidelines and part payment information: www.sdro.nsw.gov.au or SDRO 1300 138 118