Fixed Penalty Notices

Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, dog fouling and dumping rubbish etc.

Important information:

If you pay the FPN no further action will be taken. If you do not pay the FPN within 14 days, a summons will be issued against you and the case will be heard in the Magistrates’ Court. If convicted, you could be fined and be ordered to pay the costs of the prosecution.

  • The financial penalty imposed by the courts can be up to £2,500

How to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

Please make sure you have your:

  • Reference number – this starts with WK/ followed by 9 digits e.g. WK/123456789
  • A debit or credit card

The WK reference number can be found on the letter we sent to you.

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

The easiest and quickest way to pay is online via the button above. Alternatively, you can pay over the telephone. However, please be aware that call volumes coming into the council are very high and you may have to wait in a queuing system.

Telephone payments:

  • By phone between 9am and 5pm using a credit or debit card - call 020 8489 1000

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Appeals/representations

There are no formal grounds of appeal against a penalty notice. If you do not agree that you committed the offence, then the matter will be dealt with though formal prosecution via the courts.

To avoid prosecution, you must pay the notice within 14 days. If you do not agree that an offence has been committed and/or you do not pay the FPN within the 14 days, a summons will be issued against you and the case will be heard in the Magistrates’ Court. If convicted, you could be fined and be ordered to pay the costs of the prosecution.

The financial penalty imposed by the courts can be up to £2,500 and if convicted you may receive a criminal record.

Challenging a FPN

You can query an FPN in the form of a ‘representation’.

Before you submit your representation, please read the Frequently asked questions for members of the public and businesses.

You can make representation on any grounds, but the enforcement authority is only obliged to cancel your liability if one of the following grounds is established:

  • there are grounds to believe the fine was issued incorrectly
  • there is insufficient evidence to proceed to court or 
  • it would not be in the public interest to proceed against a defendant

Your representation will be considered independently by a Reviewing Officer, who will also inform you of the outcome.

What you will need to challenge your FPN:

  • evidence to support your challenge
  • your FPN reference number – this starts with WK/ followed by 9 digits e.g., WK/123456789
  • your email address or correspondence address

Challenge a FPN online now

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Page last updated:

October 24, 2022

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