A Fixed Penalty Notice is an 'on the spot' financial penalty for committing offences such as:
- Dog fouling
- Businesses not having a waste removal contract
If you have been issued a fixed penalty for such offences you can either pay the penalty within the timescale shown on the notice, or your case will normally proceed to court for criminal prosecution.
You can make payment in full by calling 0800 7816229 (between 09:00 – 17:00), selecting the related options and quoting the reference number which is located towards the top right hand side of the notice.
Alternatively, here you can make your Fixed Penalty Notice payment online.
Fixed Penalty Notices are issued by legally authorised officers of the council and its partner, Kingdom Services Group Ltd.
There is no legal definition of litter which can be anything that is dropped, thrown or otherwise deposited and left in areas where the law applies. This will include the type of material that you would normally consider as litter such as cigarette butts and cans but may also include urinating and spitting.
Under Section 88(8A) Environmental Protection Act 1990, if an authorised officer of a litter authority (the council) proposes to give a person a Fixed Penalty Notice under this section, the officer may require the person to give them their name and address. Failing to provide the information the officer requires constitutes an obstruction offence. Along with the littering offence you will also be charged for the obstruction offence and will face a fine of up to £1000.
A Fixed Penalty Notice issued is for the sum of £75. However, if you do not pay this you could end up in Court and be faced with a criminal conviction and fine that could cost you up to £2,500.
No. There are no formal grounds of appeal against a Fixed Penalty Notice. This is because it is an invitation for you to effectively 'buy off' your liability to prosecution. This means that if you agree that an offence has been committed by you and paying the penalty in full no further action will be taken. This method of dealing with offences not only saves the time involved for everyone (including the offender) in prosecuting cases at court, but the cost associated with a Fixed Penalty Notice is likely to be substantially lower than any fine imposed by the courts. For
The Fixed Penalty Notice fee is £75 and there is no longer a discount for early payment.
We are not required to place signs in every street, road, highway or open park/space to tell people not to litter. Litter legislation has been in force for many years. Littering in many parts of the UK is at such levels that local authorities across the country are now using Fixed Penalty Notices to drive the message home to those who spoil our towns and cities by carelessly discarding their rubbish.
It is not possible to place
Wrong, litter includes not only cigarette butts but chewing gum also. In many
Smokers are responsible for ensuring that they completely extinguish their cigarettes before placing them in the bin. Cigarette waste is the same as any other waste and you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for not disposing of cigarette butts properly. Obviously, to avoid any risk of fire. Cigarette butts should be completely extinguished on the stubbing plates provided on many litterbins before the butt is thrown into the bin. There is also no reason why smokers cannot carry portable 'butt bins' with them or create their own by placing some soil or sand in a small tin.
Our anti-litter campaign has been continual in recent years. Organisations like the Keep Britain Tidy Group also do an excellent job in helping us get the anti-littering message over. Of
The offence relates to the dropping, throwing or depositing of litter and leaving it. So whether or not you subsequently volunteer to pick up your litter afterwards you have committed an offence and will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Littering is not only a serious blight on our environment but very costly to the city council as well.
Should the same person commit the same offence more than once in any twelve month period, consideration will be given to prosecuting the individual rather than issuing a further Fixed Penalty Notice.