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Our reception at Bridgwater House is currently closed, but Council services remain operational. You can contact us by calling 0300 303 7800 or by emailing customer.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk

The reception area will reopen to members of the public on Monday 4th October 2021 at 8:45am.

Enforcement and Fixed Penalties


The Council employs several Enforcement Officers and Dog Wardens to investigate and enforce environmental offences such as dog fouling, litter, fly tipping, graffiti and fly posting.

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 provides local authorities with an extended range of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to address low-level environmental crime and anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental impact on our neighbourhood.

FPNs are one of a number of enforcement tools used to tackle environmental crime and as a means to change offending behaviour, and are used as an alternative to prosecution proceedings in the Magistrates Court.

The Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016 came into force on 9th May 2016. The new regulations introduce the ability to issue an FPN to persons believed to have committed an offence of fly-tipping.

The FPNs offer a person the opportunity to discharge their liability to conviction for the offence by the payment of a fixed penalty.

Offence

Fixed Penalty £

Reduced Penalty for Early Payment

Maximum Fine on Conviction

Fly tipping

£400

£250

£50,000

Dropping Litter

£75

£50

£2,500

Fly Posting

£75

£50

£2,500

Graffiti

£75

£50

£2,500

Dog Fouling

£75

£50

£1,000

Abandonment of a vehicle

£200

£120

£2,500

Smoking Ban Offences

£50

£30

£200

 

A copy of the Council's Fixed Penalty Notice Enforcement Policy for Environmental Offences is available below.

pdf Environmental Services Fixed Penalty Notice Enforcement Policy [214.25KB]