Littering: Fixed penalty notice

Dropping litter (including food waste, cigarette butts or chewing gum) is an environmental offence. This offence can lead to a fine.

A fixed penalty notice will be issued if one of our officers has witnessed, or has proof, that someone has committed an environmental crime.

What to do if you receive a fixed penalty notice

If you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering, you have 28 days from the date on the notice to pay the fine. You might be prosecuted and have to pay more if you do not pay your penalty on time.


  • If paid within 10 days: £50
  • If paid after 10 days but before 28 days: £75

If paid before 28 days we can't prosecute you and the fixed penalty won't result in a criminal offence.

Pay a fixed penalty notice

What you need to pay:

  • Your debit or credit card
  • The fixed penalty notice number (The letter E followed by a 5-digit number)
  • The date the fixed penalty notice was issued

Pay a littering fixed penalty notice

Your questions answered

Can I pay the fine in instalments?

No. You must pay the fine in full.

Can I appeal the fine?

No. There is no appeal process for a littering fixed penalty notice.

What happens if I refuse to pay the fine?

If you don't pay the fine within 28 days, we will start a prosecution. Conviction in a magistrates' court may result in a £2,500 fine.

I want to pay a fixed penalty but I've lost my fixed penalty notice, what do I do?

Please send an email to:

Is there somewhere I can find out more about the legislation for fixed penalties?

Yes at - The Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (England) Regulations 2017.