Fly tipping punishment

Fly tipping fines are up to £50,000 and/or 12 months' imprisonment in a Magistrates Court. If the case goes to the Crown Court fines are unlimited and a sentence of up to 5 years in prison can be awarded if hazardous waste is dumped.

The person found guilty of fly tipping is now liable for the costs incurred by the council in investigating and clearing up the incident.

It is an offence to permit or authorise fly tipping on land where a Waste Management License is not held.

Where fly tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the owner of the vehicle. The police and courts have powers to seize vehicles used for fly tipping and either sell or dispose of them.

It is the policy of the council to seek to prosecute for each offence of fly tipping (where evidence can be found) reported to us.