Fixed Penalty Notices
We 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:
- 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.
|Description of Offence||Act|
Amount of penalty if paid with 10 days
|Full amount of penalty|
Disposing of litter
|Section 87 Environmental Protection 1990||£100||£150|
|Section 33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990||£300||£400|
Fly tipping - household waste duty of care
Section 34ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to produce authority to transport waste (waste transfer notes)
|Section 5 Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989||£180||£300|
Failure to produce waste documents
|Section 34(5) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990||£180*||£300*|
Failure to comply with waste receptacles notice - Domestic
|Section 46 Environmental Protection Act 1990||£60||£80|
Failure to comply with waste receptacles notice - Commercial
|Section 47 Environmental Protection Act 1990||£80||£110|
Abandoning a vehicle
|Section 2 Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978||£120||£200|
|Section 1(1) Criminal Damage Act 1971||£100||£150|
|Section224(3) Town and Country Planning Act 1990||£100||£150|
Nuisance parking - repairing vehicles on the road
|Section 4(1) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005||£60||£100|
Nuisance parking - vehicles for sale on the road
|Section 3(1) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005||£60*||£100*|
Failure to display no smoking sign in a smoke free premise or vehicle (occupier or manager)
|Section 6(5) Health Act 2006||£150||£200|
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
|Smoking in vehicles in the presence of someone under 18|
S.8(4) The Health Act 2006 (As amended by the Children & families Act
|Failure to stop an idling engine|
The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England)
|Littering From Vehicles|
Section 88A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
|Failure to comply with a a Community Protection Notice and Public Space Protection Order|
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBC&P Act) .S.48 -Offence to comply with Community Protection Notice & S.68 - Offence of failure to comply with a Public Space Protection Order.
* If paid within 15 days of issue
** If paid within 14 days of issue
Please note that a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a parking ticket and not the same as Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).