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Fixed penalty notices

A fixed penalty notice is notice of a fine. You will receive a fixed penalty notice if you commit crimes such as littering or fly-posting. You can be given a notice on the spot or by post.

How to pay your fixed penalty notice

You cannot pay an officer at the time you are given a fixed penalty notice. There are a number of ways you can choose to pay the fine, which are listed here.
Officers cannot accept any form of payment.


Pay online, using a debit or credit card. Simply enter your fixed penalty notice number, confirm the details and move on to making a payment.
Note: you may have to wait up to 24 hours after the crime before you can pay the fine online.

In person

You can pay at any post office or PayPoint location, using cash or a debit or credit card. 

By phone

Using a credit or debit card, phone 020 8430 2000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
We will ask you:
  • who issued the notice (officer's name and number)
  • the fixed penalty notice number
  • the date of issue
  • the code of the offence.

By post

Send your cheque, made payable to London Borough of Newham, to:

Enforcement and Safety Division
Neighbourhood Operations
Newham Dockside
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU

Who can give you a fixed penalty notice

You can get a fixed penalty notice (FPN) from:
  • council officers both uniformed and non uniformed
  • police officers and police community support officers.

What you can get a fixed penalty notice for

You can get a FPN for environmental offences, including:
  • littering 
  • spitting
  • not removing dog mess 
  • urinating in a public place
  • putting rubbish out too early for collection or in your front garden
  • not getting rid of commercial waste properly
  • abandoning a vehicle
  • selling or repairing vehicles on the highway
  • graffiti
  • fly-posting 
  • fly-tipping
  • street trading without a licence
  • a breach of a Community Protection Notice.

What is ‘litter’?

Litter can include:
  • food waste
  • packaging 
  • cigarette butts
  • bag of waste 
dropped or left in an open space.

Littering can be on any land (public or private) in the open air which the public has access to, including water or rivers.

If you litter it is still a crime even if you offer to pick it up afterwards. You will still be given a FPN.
If there are no litter bins take your rubbish home or hold onto it until a litter bin is available. We can’t put litter bins on every street in the borough, but we do try.

Important facts about fixed penalty notices

If you don’t pay the fine within the time given, we will send the matter to the courts for prosecution. However, if you pay within a set number of days the fine is reduced. You will find details on your FPN.
If you get a fixed penalty notice and you pay the fine we will take no further action against you, and you can avoid prosecution and a criminal conviction. See How to pay your fixed penalty notice
It is an offence if you don’t give your name, or you give false details to an officer when asked. You could be arrested by the police and prosecuted if you do not give the correct details.
We regularly publish the photos of people who give officers false details. You won’t get a warning before we give you an FPN.

Appealing against a fixed penalty notice

You cannot appeal against a fixed penalty notice. If you choose not to pay the FPN, you are choosing for your case to be heard in court. If you are found guilty, you could face a larger fine and receive a criminal conviction.


How much is a fixed penalty notice?

The cost of an FPN depends on the offence. You can find the costs for a selection of offences listed in the following table. Also listed are the possible fines if you are convicted after a court hearing.
​Offence ​Fine if paid within 10 days
​Fine if paid within 14 days
​Penalty if convicted
​Littering    ​£50 £80 ​£2,500
​Fly-tipping £350​ £400​ ​Unlimited
​Nuisance parking (re: vehicles for sale or vehicle repairs)
​£60 ​£100 ​£2,500 or up to three months in prison or both
​Abandoning a vehicle ​£120 ​£200 ​£1,000
​Graffiti and fly-posting ​£50 ​£80 ​£1,000
​Street trading without a licence ​£90 ​£150 ​£2,500
​Giving out literature on designated land without permission ​£50 ​£80 ​£5,000
​Not producing a waste carriers licence ​£180 ​£300 ​£5,000
​Not producing a waste transfer note
​£180 ​£300 ​Unlimited
​Failure to comply with Community Protection Notice (CPN) ​£70 ​£100 ​£2,500
​Failure to comply with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) £80​ £100​ £1,000​
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  • Enforcement and Safety

    020 8430 2000