A fixed penalty notice (FPN) is notice of a fine. You will receive a FPN if you commit crimes such as littering or fly-posting. You may also be given a FPN for breaching a Community Protection Notice for committing Anti-social and nuisance behaviour. You may be given a FPN on the spot or by post.
You can get a FPN from:
- council officers both uniformed and non uniformed
- police officers and police community support officers
You won’t get a warning before we give you an FPN. If you get a FPN and you pay it no further action will be taken against you and you can avoid prosecution and a criminal conviction.
If you don’t pay the FPN 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 FPN is reduced.
It is an offence if you don’t give your name, or you give false details to an officer when asked.
You cannot appeal against a FPN. 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.
The cost of an FPN depends on the offence.
You cannot pay an officer at the time you are given a FPN. There are a number of ways you can choose to pay the fine.