People and communities

Fixed Penalty Notices

Our Enforcement Team issue 'Fixed Penalty Notices' (FPNs), which are fines for various types of offence.

FPNs are an alternative to a court prosecution that can be given to anyone over 10 years old, ‘on the spot’ or by post, when:

  • an enforcement officer has reason to believe a person has committed an offence
  • there would be sufficient evidence to support a successful prosecution

Using FPNs to deal with offences saves time and results in substantially lower fines in comparison to cases prosecuted at courts.

Read more about Fixed Penalty Notices on GOV.UK.

If you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice

If you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice, you can either pay the fine on your FPN or ask for your case to be heard in court. You cannot appeal against an FPN.

If you pay the fine within 14 days, you 'discharge any liability for conviction for the offence' - which means we can't prosecute you and the FPN won't result in a criminal conviction.

If you don't pay the fine within 14 days, we'll start a prosecution which may result in a higher fine or imprisonment.

Types of Fixed Penalty Notice

Offence Payment within 10 days* Payment within 14 days* Magistrate Court imposed fines
Breaching a Community Protection Notice £75 £100

£2,500 for an individual;£20,000 for an organisation

Depositing controlled waste without an Environmental Permit (fly-tipping) £240 £400 £50,000
Dog fouling Not available £75 £1,000
Failure to produce written waste information £180 £300 £5,000
Household waste 'duty of care' breach £150 £250 unlimited
Littering £75 £100 £2,500
Breaching a Public Space Protection Order £75 £100 £1,000
Repairing a vehicle on a road £75 £100 £2,500
Sale of vehicles on a road £75 £100 £2,500
Transporting controlled waste without authority £180 £300 £5,000

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice

Instructions of how to pay your fine are included on your Fixed Penalty Notice.

The amount of your fine depends on when you pay; we base the date on when we receive payment.

Pay FPN online

Pay your Fixed Penalty Notice

Pay FPN by post

To pay a Fixed Penalty Notice by post, complete the yellow 'section C' of the FPN and send it to:

Community Safety FPN 2nd Floor, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to 'City of York Council' and returned with the completed yellow 'section C' form.

If you're paying by post, we advise you to get proof of postage.

Pay FPN in person

You can make debit and credit card payments for Fixed Penalty Notices at our Customer Centre (however, we cannot answer queries about your FPN).

Pay FPN by telephone

Contact Environmental Services to pay Fixed Penalty Notices by telephone, using your debit or credit card (terms and conditions apply).

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551