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Fixed Penalty Notices

Environmental offences eg littering and dog fouling


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What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?

A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is a penalty issued by an authorised officer in respect of environmental or public health crimes. These notices provide a quick, visible and effective way of dealing with low-level crimes. A FPN is not a fine. Payment of the penalty by the recipient simply discharges their liability for conviction for the offence witnessed.

What happens when a FPN is paid?

Payment of a FPN Means that no further action will be taken for that particular offence. It does not constitute an admission of guilt, but does mean you avoid being prosecuted for the offence, a potentially larger penalty and a criminal record.

Do offenders have to pay the penalty on the spot?

No. You have 14 days to pay to avoid a higher fine in court

Can I appeal a fixed penalty notice?

No. if you don’t think you should have been issued with a penalty, you can choose not to pay but this means your case will be taken to a Magistrate’s court and you could face a higher fine. The fact that you may not agree with being prosecuted for a low-level environmental or public health offence is not a reason that will be accepted by the Courts. They will judge your case against the law of the land and the evidence presented.

What happens if I refuse to pay the penalty?

A file will be prepared for prosecution and a summons issued for you to attend the Magistrate’s Court.

Can I pay in instalments?

We cannot accept payments in instalments. In cases of demonstrable hardship (supported in writing), consideration may be given by a senior officer to extending the payment period and delaying the issue of summons, although there is no legal basis for this.

How do I pay a Fixed Penalty Notice?

When you pay, please quote:

  • The fixed penalty reference number (at the top of the Fixed Penalty Notice)
  • Your name and address

You cannot make payment to the officer issuing you with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Our officers (including officers from Kingdom Environmental Protection) will always:

  • be wearing a uniform with the Dover District Council logo
  • carry identification and a warrant card
  • wear a video camera when conducting patrols


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