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Fixed Penalty Notice - Environmental Crime

We are committed to dealing with environmental crime by the use of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).

Examples of offences where a FPN may be issued include:

  • Dog fouling (issued to dog owners or those in charge of dogs)
  • Littering (including from moving vehicles)
  • Trade waste
  • Leafleting
  • Fly tipping
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Repairing vehicles on a road
  • Smoking in a smoke-free place
  • Graffiti

A FPN is issued by our authorised officers as an alternative to a prosecution in court. The FPN offers an opportunity to waive the criminal offence by paying a penalty fee.

To pay a FPN please call 01206 282700

 Where a child drops litter or doesn't clear up after a dog, the action taken by us will depend on their age:

  • People under the age of 16 cannot be served with a FPN.
  • People between the ages of 16 and 17, where an offence is witnessed, can only be served a FPN in the presence of a parent or guardian.


There is no process of appeal with a FPN. The offender can decide not to pay it but the case will be brought before a Magistrate's Court for prosecution.

All the offences mentioned above will carry a criminal conviction and a fine that could be significantly greater than the FPN. If found guilty by a court, this fine will not exceed Level 4 on the Standard Scale which is currently set at £2,500.00.

In the case of littering/dog fouling, the absence of a litter/dog waste bin is not a reasonable defence against the offence.

Fixed penalty notices (FPN's) issued by Colchester Borough Council

YearFixed Penalty
Fixed Penalty
Dog Fouling
Fines Imposed by
Court for Fly Tipping
Total in fines (approx)
handed out by Court, Including FPN'S
01 April 2014 - 31 March 201542160£6,755.00
01 April 2015 - 31 March 20163914£2,985.00
(4x cases)
01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017403

£1028 (2x cases)

£4,778.00 ( 8x payments pending)