Fixed Penalty Notice

What are Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) generally deal with offences such as littering, failing to remove dog fouling, 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. These fixed penalties offer the opportunity of discharging liability by payment of £75 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
  • graffiti offences or fly posting
  • leafleting
  • not clearing up dog fouling or controlling a dog
  • where noise is causing a statutory nuisance
  • where excessive noise is coming from a private residence during the night
  • selling vehicles on the highway
  • abandoning vehicles

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

If you have received an FPN, you have 14 calendar days to pay the penalty or to request a hearing.  Certain crimes offer a lower penalty if paid within 10 days.

Failure to pay a penalty may result in a higher fine imposed by the court or imprisonment.

Pay your Fixed Penalty Notice

You can pay a Fixed Penalty Notice online.