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Fixed penalty notices

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There are a number of offences which can incur a fixed penalty notice, including:

  • Dropping litter
  • Littering from a vehicle
  • Breach of a community protection notice
  • Non-compliance with a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)  i.e. dog fouling or dog not being in full control
  • Fly tipping and duty of care
  • Abandoning a vehicle

Fixed penalty notices are a way of discharging liability from prosecution but if they are unpaid then the case may be referred to court and you could be prosecuted for the original offence which could incur the maximum fine upon conviction.

Fixed penalty notices are discounted if paid early, for all offences (except littering from vehicles) – if you pay within 10 days you will receive the discounted rate, if you pay after 10 days but before day 15 you will have to pay the full penalty.

Litter fixed penalty notices

It is an offence to drop, throw, or deposit and leave litter anywhere. This offence includes dropping litter in water such as rivers, streams and lakes. If you are caught committing the offence of dropping litter in the borough, you may face prosecution or a fine of £150.

It is also an offence to throw litter out of a car, since April 1st 2018 if you or anyone in your vehicle throws litter out of the vehicle, the driver will be held responsible and fined £150.  If you pay your fine within 14 days of the offence the matter will be closed and you will have discharged your liability. If you pay within ten days the penalty will be discounted to £75 for early payment. If the fixed penalty is refused or not paid then court proceedings will begin and you could be fined up to £2,500.

For littering from a vehicle, if you pay your fine within 28 days of the offence the matter will be closed and you will have discharged your liability.  If you pay within 14 days the penalty will be discounted to £75 for early payment.  If the fixed penalty is not paid within the 28 day period then it will double in cost to £300.

Fixed penalty notices can also be used for other environmental crimes and anti-social behaviour.


If you want to appeal the fixed penalty notice you should write to:

Street Management, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfield Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2TR.

or email

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Last updated: Tue 8th December, 2020 @ 14:21