Brampton Appeal Tribunal

Responsibilities and Powers of the Committee:

The Brampton Appeal Tribunal operates under the authority of the Statutory Powers and Procedure Act.  The Tribunal hears appeals from the decisions of the License Issuer and the Poundkeeper that carry right of appeal to the Tribunal, as set out in the Licensing By-law 1-2002, the Mobile Licensing By-law 67-2014, the Business Licensing By-law 332-2013, the Dog By-law 250-2005, and the Animal Control By-law 261-93.

Licensing By-Law Appeals:

After the hearing of an appeal from the decision of the License Issuer, the Tribunal may make any decision the License Issuer could have made, including any of the following, separately or in combination:

1. grant a licence, with or without conditions;
2. refuse an application for a license;
3. refuse to reinstate a license;
4. revoke a license;
5. suspend a license; or
6. alter, cancel or impose a term or condition of a license.

Dog By-Law Appeals:

After the hearing of an appeal from the decision of the poundkeeper, the Tribunal may make any decision the poundkeeper could have made, or direct that the owner do anything under that By-law, as the Tribunal considers proper and for such purpose may substitute its opinion for that of the poundkeeper.


Traditionally, five citizens are appointed.  A minimum of three is required. 

Member Qualifications:

In addition to the general eligibility requirements of the Citizen Appointments Procedure, members must demonstrate:

  • ​an understanding of the Brampton Appeal Tribunal mandate
  • an understanding of the City's various licensing by-laws and animal control by-laws, as well as the Statutory Powers Procedure Act
  • an understanding of the field related to business licensing, responsible dog management and sensitivity to various interests and issues
  • familiarity with the concepts of natural justice and fairness
  • excellent listening skills, open-mindedness, sound judgement and tact and the ability to mediate
  • ability to organize and analyse written and oral evidence
  • demonstrated ability to construct well-reasoned decisions that take into account the evidence, the submissions, the law and policy
  • a commitment to public service and to upholding a high standard of ethics
  • good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team
  • the ability to work under time pressures
  • flexible work schedule to allow attendance at hearings and meetings
  • willing and available to attend training programs 

Current Tribunal Membership:

Jessica Antoine (Chair)
Rana Sodhi (Vice-Chair)
Dezso Farkas
Beryl Ford
James MacDonald


Term of Office:

Concurrent with the term of Council, ending November 30, 2018, or until successors are appointed

Established by:

By-law 48-2008, as amended


Second Monday of every month, provided there are appeals to be heard.  Hearings are conducted in a quasi-judicial setting at City Hall.


$ 75.00 per Meeting