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Fixed Penalty Notices

Uttlesford District Council investigate instances of environmental crime in public places across the district. As well as undertaking enforcement action where necessary, we provide advice in accordance with our mission statement to residents and businesses on issues such as:

  • Flytipping
  • Littering
  • Waste - duty of care
  • Illegal advertising
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Untaxed vehicles
  • Nuisance vehicles
  • Unregistered waste carriers
  • Smoking offences

Partnership working is considered to be a key element for effective and successful enforcement and consequently the council's Enforcement Officers regularly participate in taking pro-active action alongside Essex Police, the Environment Agency, HMRC, and other local authorities.

The council have powers to enforce some current legislation which can mean that the council can issue warnings, statutory notices, fixed penalty notices, and even court proceedings against alleged offenders.

Fixed Penalty Notices

A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is a fine that can be issued to an individual or business. If the fine is paid, liability for an offence is discharged and means that they can not be taken to court by the local authority.

We are able to use FPN's to tackle issues such as littering, flyposting and unregistered waste carriers.

On 18 October 2011, Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet approved a report which gives an opportunity for persons issued a Fixed Penalty Notice a discount for early payment.

Unpaid penalty notices will result in prosecutions. See below for a list of offences and the corresponding fines.

How to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice ►


Description of OffenceAct

Amount of penalty if paid with 10 days

Full amount of penaltyMaximum penalty on conviction

Disposing of litter

Section 87 Environmental Protection 1990£50£75£2500

Fly tipping

Section 33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990-£200 

Failure to produce authority to transport waste (waste transfer notes)

Section 5 Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989£180£300£5000

Failure to produce waste documents

Section 34(5) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990£180£300£5000 (or, an indictment, an unlimited fine)

Failure to comply with waste receptacles notice

Section 46/47 - Environmental Protection Act 1990£60£100£1000

Abandoning a vehicle

Section 2 Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978£120£200£2500 (and/or three months imprisonment)


Section 1(1) Criminal Damage Act 1971£50£75£5000 if damage is less than £5000

Fly posting

Section224(3) Town and Country Planning Act 1990£50£75£2500 (and 1/10 of a penalty per day for a continuing offence)

Nuisance parking - repairing vehicles on the road

Section 4(1) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005£60£100£2500

Nuisance parking - vehicles for sale on the road

Section 3(1) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005£60£100£2500

Offences under Dog Control orders

Section 59(2) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005-£75£1000

Failure to display no smoking sign in a smoke free premise of vehicle (occupier or manager)

Section 6(5) Health Act 2006£150£200£1000

Person who smokes in a smoke free place or vehicle (any person smoking)

Section 7(2) Health Act 2006 and Smoke Free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007 / 65 Part II Vehicles     Part II


Please note that a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a Parking Fine and not the same as Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Click here for information on paying a Parking fine (or Penalty Charge Notice)

Contact Enforcement

Abandoned Vehicles01799 510326 Benefit Fraud01799 510366
Flytipping01799 510326 Licensing01799 510395 or 510326
Litter01799 510326 Trade Waste01799 510545

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