Environmental enforcement

We, with our partners, are placing greater emphasis on making the local environment cleaner, safer and greener.

Did you know that 66% of residents feel keeping local streets clean is important in making Welwyn Hatfield a good place to live.

You can help us to achieve this! Please do not litter or fly-tip in our borough. Such offences are illegal and you may be fined or prosecuted.

We are authorised to investigate the following environment offences:

Did you know that you can also be fined for failing to present your bins for collection properly. Read our information about bin collections and your responsibilities.

The issuing of penalties

The following schedule shows environmental offences for which FPNs can be issued:

Description of offenceActAmount of penalty if paid within 10 daysFull amount of penaltyMaximum penalty on conviction
Unlawful repairs/sale of vehicle on roadss 3/4/6(1) Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005£60£100£2500
Abandoning a vehicles 2(1)(a)/2A Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978£120£200£2500
Depositing litters 87/88 Environmental Protection Act 1990£50£75£2500
Failure to comply with a street litter control notices 93/94/94A Environmental Protection Act 1990£60£100£2500
Failure to comply with a litter clearing notices 92/92A-c/94A Environmental Protection Act 1990£60£100£2500
Unauthorised distribution of free printed matterSchedule 3A, para. 1/7 Environmental Protection Act 1990£50£75£2500
Criminal damage and flypostings 1 Criminal Damage Act 1971, s131/132 Highways Act 1990, s224 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and s 43/44 Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003£50£75£2500
Failure to produce authority (waste carrier's licence)s 5/5B Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989£180£300£5000
Failure to furnish documentation (waste transfer notes)s 34(5)/34A Environment Protection Act 1990 and regulation 35(6) Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011£180£300£5000*
Offences in relation to waste receptacless 46/47/47za/47zb Environmental Protection Act 1990£40£60£1000
Offences in relation to the illegal deposit of household, industrial, commercial or other controlled waste without a waste management licence (Fly-tipping)s 33(1)(a)/33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990£180£300£50,000*
Failure to remove dog faeces (Dog fouling)s 59 Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005£50£75£1000

*(or, on indictment, an unlimited fine)

All enforcement is undertaken in line with our Corporate Enforcement Policy.

Our enforcement policy has been made in compliance with the Regulators' Code issued by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

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