Information on Penalty Notices
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs)
Fixed Penalty Notices generally deal with environmental offences such as litter, graffiti and dog fouling, and can be issued by local authority officers, police community support officers and other accredited persons.
Offences where an FPN might be issued:-
- dropping litter
- minor graffiti offences or fly posting
- not clearing up dog fouling
- where noise is causing a statutory nuisance
- where excessive noise is coming from a private residence during the night
Receiving a penalty notice does not count as getting a conviction. Recipients have 14 in respect of a FPN to pay the penalty or to request a hearing. Failure to pay a penalty may result in a higher fine imposed by the court or imprisonment.
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