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Fixed Penalty Notices - frequently asked questions

What is a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)?

Fixed penalty notices - information and data

What can an FPN be issued for?

What happens if I am issued with an FPN?

How much is the fine for a FPN?

Can a child be issued with a FPN?

My child has been issued with a FPN - do I have to pay it?

The warden took a photograph/bodyworn video footage of my child when they issued the FPN - is this normal?

What if I don't agree with being issued with an FPN?

What is a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)?

A FPN is issued to someone who has committed an environmental offence, for example, littering or allowing a dog to foul and failing to clear up after it. It is a way of dealing with an offender without going through the court process.

However if you do not pay a FPN the case can be heard at a Magistrates' Court and you may be fined more than the FPN and receive a criminal conviction.

Fixed Penalty Notices Issued:

Information and data for the number of penalty notices issued:

pdf icon Fixed Penalty Notices Issued 2016-17 [63kb]

pdf icon Fixed Penalty Notices Issued 2017-18 [62kb]

 

What can an FPN be issued for?

A FPN can be issued for a number of offences including:

 

  • Failure to Comply with Public Space Protection Order (PSPO):

  • Dog fouling (including failure to remove faeces from the land forthwith and failure to produce a suitable receptacle for holding faeces.

  • Prohibition of Alcohol Consumption

  • Prohibition of Psychoactive substances

  • Urinating (including defecating and spitting)

  • Dog Exclusion

  • Dogs on Lead by Direction

  • Dispersal

  • Smoking in play areas

What happens if I am issued with an FPN?

If you choose to pay the FPN that is the end of the matter and you will not receive a criminal record. The FPN must be paid within 14 days (with the exception of Smoking in a smoke free place and Failure to display No Smoking signs which are payable within 29 days)

If you decide not to pay the FPN your case may be heard in a magistrate's court. This could lead to a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £5,000.

How much is the fine for an FPN?

The fine will depend on the offence.

Fixed penalty notice fines are:

  • Littering - £75 (Reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days)

  • Failure to comply with Public Space Protection Order - £100 (Reduced to £60 if paid within 7 days)

  • Failure to comply with Community Protection Notice - £100 (Reduced to £60 if paid within 7 days)

  • Abandoning a vehicle - £200 (Reduced to £120 if paid within 7 days)

  • Fly posting - £75 (Reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days)

  • Graffiti - £75 (Reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days)

  • Failure to produce waste disposal documentation - £300 (Reduced to £180 if paid within 7 days)

  • Failure to produce authority to transport controlled waste - £300 (Reduced to £180 if paid within 7 days)

  • Nuisance parking - £100 (Reduced to £60 if paid within 7 days)

  • Failure to comply with Waste Disposal Receptacles Notice - £100 (Reduced to £60 if paid within 7 days)

  • Smoking in a smoke free place - £50 (reduced to £30 if paid within 15 days)

  • Failure to display No Smoking signs - £200 (reduced to £150 if paid within 15 days)

  • Flytipping - £200 (Reduced to £120 if paid within 7 days)

How do I pay an FPN?

Fixed penalty notice fines can be paid in different ways:

  • By telephone using our 24 hour payment line on 01623 428632

  • Online

  • Visit us

When you pay a fixed penalty notice you will need to quote the FPN number on the ticket that was issued to you.

Once you have paid the FPN that is the end of the matter.

Can a child be issued with an FPN?

Children aged 12 and over can be issued with a FPN. A child is considered to be a young person aged from 12 to 17 years.

My child has been issued with an FPN - do I need to pay it?

For litter, dog fouling and graffiti offences, young people between 12 and 17 years old will be offered restorative justice instead of paying the fine,  in the form of a litter-pick. Litter-picks take place on a Saturday and are supervised by a Neighbourhood Warden. If the young person attends the litter-pick then the matter is closed.

A young person who is abusive, a repeat offender or who gives false details when being issued with a FPN may not be offered a litter-pick. If a child is issued with a FPN twice in a six month period or they do not attend a litter-pick, they may be issued with a Acceptable Behaviour Contract.

For breach of a Community Protection Notice offence, a person from the age of 16 years will have to pay the £100 fine, as there is no restorative justice offered.

For breaches of the Public Spaces Protection Order (offences detailed above), young people between 12 and 17 years old will have to pay the £100 fine, as there is no restorative justice offered.

 

The warden took a photograph/bodyworn video footage of my child - is this normal?

Wardens sometimes take a photograph of a child when they issue them with a FPN. This is for identification purposes. As soon as the identity of the child has been confirmed the image is destroyed.

All wardens are vetted by Nottinghamshire Police.

What if I don't agree with being issued an FPN?

You can appeal against a FPN by writing to the Operations Manager at the following address: Operations Manager, Community Safety, Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG197BH. You must explain why you think the FPN has been issued incorrectly.

The Operations Manager will look at two things:

  1. Has the FPN been issued correctly?

  2. Did the officer have enough evidence to prove that the offence took place?

We will write to you to let you know the outcome of your appeal.

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