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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:

  • 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.

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Description of OffenceAct

Amount of penalty if paid with 10 days

Full amount of penalty

Disposing of litter

Section 87 Environmental Protection 1990£100£150

Fly tipping

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

Fly posting

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).

Information on paying a parking fine (or Penalty Charge Notice)