Fixed Penalty Notice

What are Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) generally deal with offences such as littering, failing to remove dog mess, failure to keep dogs on leads, failure to keep a dog out of an exclusion area and failure to put and keep a dog on a lead when instructed.

Fixed penalty charges start at £75 which must be paid within 14 days, or a prosecution, for which the maximum penalty is a £1000 fine.

FPN's are issued as an alternative to a prosecution in court.

FPN's can be issued to anyone over 10 years old.

When might an FPN be issued?

Examples of offences where a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) may be issued include:

  • dropping litter
  • not clearing up dog fouling or controlling a dog
  • not carrying a dog waste bag

Receiving a penalty notice does not mean that you have received a criminal conviction. The FPN is given instead of a prosecution in court.

Pay your Fixed Penalty Notice

You can pay a Fixed Penalty Notice online. Failure to pay a penalty may result in a higher fine imposed by the court or imprisonment.