Environmental crime

Tackling environmental crime

Keeping our city clean is an important commitment for Plymouth, and we are working hard to ensure we can all enjoy our public spaces.

In December 2018, we decided to increase our in house capacity to add extra enforcement officers to the streets and open spaces of the city. These officers will be able to issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices for the following offences:

How much do offenders have to pay?

The amount that you could be fined will depend on the nature of the offence.

Offence Fine
Dropping litter, including chewing gum, in the street or from your vehicle £80
Not clearing up your dog’s mess or keeping your dog under control in a public area £100
Fly posting £80
Fly-tipping £400

How can fines be paid?

All fines will have a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) reference number and must be paid within the time specified in the Notice.

For a fine issued by Plymouth City Council, either in person or by post. (Either a 6 digit reference number or a number starting with 'FS')

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by Plymouth City Council


If you don’t pay your fine within 14 days, you could get taken to court where you could be fined up to £2,500 for littering and £1000 for dog offences. There is no limit for fly tipping fines. You may get a criminal record.

Frequently asked questions

If an enforcement officer sees you commit an environmental crime they will ask for your name and address so they can issue you with a Fixed Penalty Notice. If you refuse to give your details, the officer will be able to use the information they’ve recorded on their body cameras. This information is often enough to identify someone. It is an offence to withhold your name and address and you could also be charged with an obstruction offence.

The enforcement officers wear Plymouth City Council uniforms with logos on them. They also carry Plymouth City Council identification and warrant cards to identify themselves. On occasion officers will be out of uniform, however they will always carry warrant cards and identification. E.g. on dog fouling patrols.

FPNs will not be served if you are under 18.  You will be asked to show some ID to prove your age.  If you cannot show you are under 18 you will be issued with an FPN but you can write to the e-mail address below.  We will be providing education and words of advice to young people who offend.

No, the officers will be patrolling in all areas of the city, including parks and open spaces.

Seen it? Report it.

Everyone wants to be proud of Plymouth and to live in a clean and tidy city. So if you see someone commit a littering, fly tipping or dog fouling offence, you can report it to our team here.

Report an offence


There is no legal appeal against an FPN. It is a criminal offence. You can pay the fine to discharge your liability for prosecution, or the case will be considered for prosecution in the Magistrates Court.

If you have any complaints or feel that your fine was issued unfairly, please email envirocrime@plymouth.gov.uk within 7 days of the date of issue. Representations will not be accepted after this timeframe.

 Litter poster [PDF, 401KB]

 Flyposting poster [PDF, 355KB]

 Dog mess poster [PDF, 518KB]