Fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste or rubbish and is a crime which reduces the quality of life for people who live, work or visit the city.

In response to feedback from residents, visitors and businesses, Southampton City Council has appointed a team of Environmental Protection Officers to reduce the amount of fly-tipping in the city.

The Environmental Protection Officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to people who have been found to fly-tip. Fly-tipping is waste greater than one black sack, left on land without the owner’s permission.

What will Fixed Penalty Notices be issued for?

A Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued to any person who allows their waste to be fly-tipped or they fly-tip their own waste. This could include:

  • Dumping a fridge freezer on the pavement
  • Placing multiple black sacks by your wheeled bin
  • Dumping grab bags, asbestos, or construction waste
  • Leaving household waste and cardboard boxes at charity clothing collection points
  • Using someone from Facebook to dispose of your waste, which is then fly-tipped, without obtaining their full details and a receipt

These fines are issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the Cleaner Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act 2005.

Paying your Fixed Penalty

The fixed penalty for fly-tipping is £400. This will be reduced to £250 if it is paid within ten days of the fixed penalty being issued.


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You will need:

  • Payment card (registered with 3D secure)
  • Reference number – this can be found on the letter you received

Pay a fly-tipping FPN

Zero tolerance policy

The Environmental Protection Officers do not need to issue a warning before issuing a Fixed Penalty for fly-tipping.

If the person issued with a fixed penalty does not pay the fixed penalty the matter will be decided by a court. The court will then consider the available evidence and decide whether a fly-tipping offence was committed.

The court will usually impose a fine. The maximum fine for fly-tipping is £50,000.

An appeal process is available to consider any disputed fixed penalties. An appeal must be made within 28 days of the fixed penalty being issued.

How do I appeal a FPN (fine)?

An appeal can be made in writing (either by email or post) and must quote the reference number on the Fixed Penalty Notice.

By email:

By post: Fly tipping FPN Appeals, Consumer Protection and Environmental Services, Room 164, Ground Floor, Civic Centre, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 7LY.

Report fly-tipping

You can report cases of fly-tipping to us online.


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Report fly-tipping on public land

Find out more about Fly-tipping.