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.


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 £100 £2,500 Section 87/88 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to remove dog faeces £100 £1,000 Section 67/68 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Failure to comply with a Waste Receptacles Notice [Household Waste] £100 N/A Section 46, 47A / 47B Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to comply with a Community Protection Order Max £100 £2,500
Unlimited (Company) 
Section 48 & 52 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014
Fly-posting or Graffiti £100 £2,500 or imprisonment in respect of graffiti Section 43/43A Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
distribution of free printed matter
£100 £2,500 Schedule 3A, Para. 1 & 7 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to produce authority (Waste Carriers Licence) £300 £5,000 Sections 1, 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 £2,500 Section 3, 4, 6 Clean Neighbourhood Act 2005
Abandoning a vehicle £200 £2,500 and/or 3 months imprisonment Section 2, 2A(1) Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978
Fly-tipping (£150-£400) Fine determined by court Section 33/33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990

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

Environmental Enforcement Policy

Worcester City Council is committed to providing for the benefit of both residents and visitors to the City alike, a clean, green and safe place in which to live, work, study and play.The delivery of an effective Environmental Enforcement Policy supports the delivery of the Council’s City Plan specifically Sustaining and Improving our Assets and creating a Healthy and Active City in terms of developing a quality environment that will contribute to the overall look and feel of the City. The policy sets out the approach that Worcester City Council will take when deciding how, where and when enforcement action may be taken.