Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

A fixed penalty notice (FPN) is served by an authorised enforcement officer to a person who has committed a criminal offence. They may be issued on the spot or through the post. They can be used for:

  • dropping litter
  • dog fouling
  • smoking in a smoke free area
  • fly-tipping
  • failing to produce Waste Transfer Notes on request by an authorised officer.

How we issue the fixed penalty notices

  • We do not give warnings before issuing an fixed penalty notice.
  • We are not required to put up signs telling you to comply with the law.
  • We are not required to provide litter bins everywhere.
  • Dropping cigarette butts or chewing gum is a littering offence.
  • Even if you volunteer to pick up the litter you've dropped you can still expect a fixed penalty notice.

Challenge a fixed penalty notice

If you want to submit reasons why you think the fixed penalty notice should not have been issued, or you are struggling financially and want extra time to pay, contact us within 14 days from the date of the notice using our online form.

Complete our online FPN appeals form

What happens if I don't pay?

If you don’t pay and the offence is tried in court, it may result in a criminal conviction with a bigger charge and a criminal record.

Please note that it is an offence to fail to give your name or give a false address to an authorised officer when asked and you could be prosecuted for failing to give these details.


  • Littering: £100 payable within 14 days of issue reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days.
  • Smoke free offence: £50 payable within 29 days of issue reduced to £30 if paid within 15 days.
  • Dog fouling: £50 payable no early payment discount.