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Fixed Penalty Notices

For some offences, we can issue a fixed penalty instead of prosecuting. Here you can find out more about them and how to pay.

A person who commits an offence may be offered a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) as an option to prosecution.

  • This means that the person who has committed the offence will pay a fine.
  • If you have been served with a notice and pay the fine within 14 days, we cannot prosecute you.
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, you can be prosecuted for the offence.

FPNs can only be served by authorised Council Officers. They can be used to deal with a wide range of offences that include:

Why we issue them

The Council would normally seek to prosecute offenders where there is enough evidence to do so.

FPNs are a proportionate, simple and fast alternative to prosecution. They are an efficient way to deal with offences and as result issues can be quickly resolved.

They also give the person who commits the offence the chance to avoid formal action and a possible criminal conviction.

How to pay

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice

If you are having an issue making the payment, let us know: Report issue paying an FPN

Get in touch

For enquiries, please contact:

Community Protection Team

Offences leading to fixed penalty notices

Offence Legislation that gives the local authority power to issue fixed penalty notices Fixed penalty amount

Nuisance parking

Section 6(1)

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005


Reduced to £50 for payment within 10 days

Abandoning a vehicle

Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978



Failure to switch off vehicle engine (engine idling)

The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002



Duty of Care (waste)

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Fly-tipping (non-commercial/ non repeat offender/   non-hazardous)

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Dropping litter

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Breach of a Street Litter Control Notice or Litter Clearing Notice

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Unauthorised distribution of literature

Schedule 3A paragraph 7(2)

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days.

Graffiti and fly-posting

Section 43

Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003


Failure to produce waste carriers licence

Section 5B (2)

Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989

Failure to provide waste documents

Section 34A (2)

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Offences related to waste receptacles

Section 47ZA (2)

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Penalties for failure to comply with requirements relating to household waste receptacles

Section 46A

Environmental Protection Act 1990


Breach of Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014


Breach Of CPN Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014


Noise from dwellings

Section 8

Noise Act 1996


Discounted to £75 if paid within 10 days

Noise from licensed premises

Section 8

Noise Act 1996

Amount fixed at £500

Discounted to £300 if paid within 10 days

Smoking in a smokefree work place (Taxis)

Section 7

Health Act 2006


Discounted to £30 for early payment within 15 days*

* This is an exception in that 5 additional days are offered at a discounted rate

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