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Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)

The current waste enforcement system is changing - new rules will come into effect from the 14th December 2020

Fixed penalty notices (FPN's) are issued to residents and businesses when waste is incorrectly handled.

Examples of incorrect handling of waste include:

  • disposing of waste outside the designated waste collection time  
  • not complying with Section 47 of Environmental Protection Act 1990 
  • fly-tipping  
  • putting commercial waste in ordinary black sacks instead of a Westminster or private collector’s commercial waste sack

FPN's are issued by City inspectors.

Read the full list of offences, descriptions and related penalties (DOCX, 55KB)

New waste enforcement system

Under the new system, offenders will now be issued with a notice of intent to prosecute incorporating a fixed penalty notice.

We will no longer accept representations in respect to these new notices, instead an alleged offender will be able to respond to the allegation under caution. The new notices contain an explanation of how to respond under caution in Part C and a questionnaire is attached to the notice in Part D. 

There are exceptions where only a fixed penalty notice will be issued, these include:

  • littering - both general and litter from smoking
  • waste transfer notices
  • dog fouling offences

Please note that littering, smoking, dog fouling and waste transfer notices will still be subject to representation rather than a response under caution.

Residential offences involving the disposing of waste outside the designated waste collection time or in the wrong receptacle such as food waste in a recycling bag, will also be subject to a new procedure as outlined below:

  • a formal warning notice – effective for 12 months from date of offence
  • notice of intent
  • final notice incorporating a fixed penalty notice

The final notice is subject to appeal at a first tier tribunal.

There will be a transition period between the new procedure being fully implemented and the existing system.  New notices of intention to prosecute will start being issued from 7 December 2020 and all notices from 14 December 2020 will be issued under the new procedure.

How to pay a fixed penalty notice

Payment can be made online. Remember to click the 'done' button in the last step to complete the payment transaction.

Pay an FPN online 

How to avoid FPNs

FPN's are easily avoided by disposing your rubbish correctly.

Read our guide to disposing rubbish.

More information

The council's waste enforcement policy (PDF, 774KB) has been in practice since 2020.

If you have enquiries about FPN's, call the Street Management team on 020 7641 8914.

Make a representation against your FPN.


Last updated: 3 December 2020