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Fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes


We issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes such as: flytipping, dropping litter, dog fouling, allowing a dog to stray, allowing dogs into fenced off play areas, graffiti, flyposting and abandoning a vehicle.

What is a fixed penalty notice?

A fixed penalty is a penalty payment for committing an environmental crimes offence. Our Neighbourhood wardens issue fixed penalty notices on our behalf. Once paid, this stops the penalty from progressing to a registered fine or conviction through the magistrates court.

How do I pay a fixed penalty notice?

You can pay in the following ways:

Debit and credit card payments

Pay a fixed penalty notice online or contact us and use our 24 hours a day automated service. Have your card, reference number (which is on the front of your fixed penalty notice), and a pen and paper to note your receipt number.

Through your bank

Make payments, through your bank, to Lloyds Bank Plc, account number 51009868, sort code 30-92-79. Make sure you quote the reference number which is on the front of the fixed penalty notice.

Post Office and PayPoint

There is a barcode on the front of the fixed penalty notice which means it can be taken to any Post Office or PayPoint outlet where it will be scanned and payment taken. Please keep your receipt for future reference.

By post - cheques only

You can send your cheque to: Durham County Council, Revenues and Benefits, PO Box 253, Stanley, County Durham, DH8 1GF. Cheques should be made payable to Durham County Council. Please write your fixed penalty notice reference number on the back of the cheque. 

Please do not:

  • send cash through the post
  • hand deliver payments.

Payment information can also be found on the reverse of the fixed penalty notice.

Why should I pay a fixed penalty notice early?

If you pay your fixed penalty notice within 10 days of the issue date, the amount you have to pay will reduce, as shown in the table below. Please note that you cannot pay in instalments.

CodeOffenceFixed penalty notice paymentMax penalty on convictionFixed penalty notice payment (if paid within 10 days)Further information
A

Dropping litter
Section 87/88 Environmental Protection Act 1990

£150£2,500£65Litter
B

Failure to remove dog faeces
Dog Control Public Space Protection Order - Section 67 (1) of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£100

£1,000

 

£60

 

Dog fouling
B

Allowing a dog to stray
Dog Control Public Space Protection Order - Section 67 (1) of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£100

£1,000

£60

Stray dogs
B

Failing to place a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer
Dog Control Public Space Protection Order - Section 67 (1) of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£100

£1,000

£60

Enforcement powers for irresponsible dog owners
B

Allowing dogs into designated fenced off play areas where dogs are not permitted.
Dog Control Public Space Protection Order - Section 67 (1) of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£100£1,000£60Enforcement powers for irresponsible dog owners
C

Consumption of alcohol in breach of prohibition
Section 63 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£80£1,000£50 
A

Failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice
Section 48 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

£100

Individual £2,500

Body £20,000

£60 
B

Failure to produce documents
Section 34(5) and Regulations made under it/34(6)/34A, Environmental Protection Act 1990

£300£5,000£180 
C

Failure to produce authority to transport waste
Section 5/5B, Control of Pollutions (Amendment) Act 1989

£300£5,000£180 
D

Abandoned vehicles
Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 Section 2A

£200£2,500£120Abandoned vehicles
E

Failure to comply with a waste receptacles notice
Section 46/47/47ZA/47ZB Environment Protection Act 1990

£110£1,000£75 
F

Flytipping
Contravention of Section 33 (1)(a) Section 33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990

£40012 months imprisonment and/or £50,000 fine.£180Flytipping

What happens if I don't pay the fixed penalty notice?

If you do not pay the fixed penalty notice, within 14 days from the date of issue, we will write to you to remind you that the payment is overdue. The reminder letter gives you a further 14 days to pay the fixed penalty notice. If you still do not pay within 14 days after the date of the reminder letter, the case will be referred for prosecution at a magistrates court.

Contact us
24 hour payment line
0300 456 2771

Customer Services
03000 26 0000
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