Environmental Enforcement

Worcester City Council is responsible for providing Environmental Enforcement in Worcester. This enforcement compliments the work that the Council and other agencies do to make Worcester a clean and pleasant place in which to live, work and visit. Worcester City Council takes it`s role in preventing and dealing with Environmental Crime very seriously.


Flytipping

Environmental Enforcement includes dealing with the below offences, all of which can have a significant impact on the local environment.

  • Dog Fouling.
  • Littering.
  • Graffiti.
  • Fly-Tipping.
  • Fly-Posting.
  • Abandoned & Nuisance vehicles
  • The control of ` A ` Boards on the Highway.
  • Presentation of Trade Waste.

Any person contravening the above may be guilty of committing a Criminal Offence.

Uniformed  Enforcement Officers patrol the streets of the City using powers at their disposal under legislation such as Environmental Protection Act 2000 and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to persons suspected of committing an Environmental Crime.

Officers have powers to demand the name and address of anyone suspected of committing an Environmental Crime. It is also a Criminal Offence to refuse to supply your name and address or to give false or misleading information.

A Fixed Penalty Notice allows the person to avoid the need to attend a formal hearing at a Magistrates Court and the amount of the penalty will always be that stated on the notice.

Where a person declines to accept a Fixed Penalty Notice, Worcester City Council is at liberty to present the facts before the Magistrates and if found guilty the fine may be a maximum of £1000.

Where a person has accepted  a Fixed Penalty Notice but then wishes to appeal against it`s issue, then that appeal must be made to the Magistrates not to Worcester City Council. Worcester City Council have no powers to consider appeals.

This is the list of offences that Worcester City Council enforce, together with potential penalties. The patrolling Officer will hand the suspected offender this pink slip with the Fixed Penalty Notice. The Fixed Penalty Notice contains information on payment methods.

Offence Full Amount of Penalty Max` Penalty on Conviction Section & Legislation
Depositing Litter £75 £2,500 Section 87/88 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to remove dog faeces £50 £1,000 Sections 3 & 4 The Dogs [Fouling of Land]Act 1996
Failure to comply with a Waste Receptacles Notice[Commercial Waste £100 £1,000 Section 47A / 47B Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to comply with a Street Litter Control Notice £100 £2,500 Section 94 & 94A Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to comply with a Litter Clearing Notice £100 £2,500 Sections 92C & 94A Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure
Fly-posting or Graffiti £50 / £75 £2,500 Section 43 Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
Unauthorised
distribution of free printed matter
£75 £2,500 Schedule 3A, Para. 1[1] & 7 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to produce authority [Waste Transfer Notice] £300 £5,000 Sections 5 & 5B Control of Pollution [Amendment] Act 1989
Unauthorised display of advertisement £100 £2,500 Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 Section 43, Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Section 224(3)
Nuisance Parking £100 £1,000 Section 6[1] Clean Neighbourhood Act 2005
Abandoning a vehicle £200 £2,500 Section 2A[1] Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978

Any appeal against the issue of this Fixed Penalty Notice must be made to the Magistrates Court and not to Worcester City Council.