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 for your 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.
|Code||Offence||Fixed penalty notice payment||Max penalty on conviction||Fixed penalty notice payment (if paid within 10 days)||Further information|
Failure to remove dog poo
Allowing a dog to stray
Failing to place a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer
Allowing dogs into designated fenced off play areas where dogs are not permitted.
|£100||£1,000||£60||Enforcement powers for irresponsible dog owners|
Consumption of alcohol in breach of prohibition
Failure to comply with a Community Protection Notice
Failure to produce documents
Failure to produce authority to transport waste
Failure to comply with a waste receptacles notice
|£400||12 months imprisonment and/or £50,000 fine.||£180||Flytipping|
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.