Littering and dog fouling
Anyone caught dropping litter, including cigarette butts, chewing gum, or not picking up after their dog in the district will face a fine under a litter enforcement scheme being trialed from November 2017. This is in response to local residents and businesses stating that street cleanliness is important within the Chichester District.
How much are the fines?
The fines are as follows:
- Litter - £100.00 (reduced to £75.00 if paid within 14 days)
- Failing to clean up and pick up after your dog - £100.00 (reduced to £75.00 if paid within 14 days)
The scheme is run by East Hants DC under EH Commercial Services Ltd. .
Zero tolerance policy
The scheme operates on a zero tolerance policy. There is no formal right to appeal against a fixed penalty notice (FPN). If you do not agree that you committed the offence, you can decide not to pay the FPN, and the matter will then be decided by a court. It will then be up to the court, on receiving the evidence, to determine whether or not an offence was committed and therefore whether or not any penalty should be imposed. The maximum penalty on conviction is:
- £2500 for litter, or
- £1000 for dog fouling
As this is expensive and time consuming for both parties, we have introduced an internal appeals process to help resolve disputes before they get to court. Such challenges can be made within 14 days of the issue of the FPN.
Cases where a challenge may be considered favourably include, but are not limited to instances where you can demonstrate that;
- No offence was committed, or the fixed penalty notice has been wrongly issued, for example where a dog control order didn't apply or the person had exception under the law
- The offence was committed by someone else
- The offence wasn't the fault of the person against whom the notice was served, and there was nothing they could do to prevent the offence
- We shouldn't have served the notice because the offender is under 18, or is physically or mentally incapacitated or has some other incapacity that prevent them from understanding that they committed an offence
- There are significant extenuating circumstances that temporarily affected the ability of the person to comply with the law
- Serving the notice is not considered to be in the public interest - but don't forget, we have a duty to enforce the law - and fixed penalty notices are designed to be a quick and easy way to deal with minor offences
There are a range of reasons where an appeal will not be considered and these include;
- Ignorance of the law - the test would be whether a reasonable person would be aware that an offence had been committed - most people know that dropping litter and allowing their dogs to foul is wrong!
- You didn't know an offence had been committed - the test would be whether a reasonable person would have known what had happened - for example, this includes knowing where your dog is and what it is doing so that you can clear up any mess it leaves
- You couldn't prevent the offence - the test would be whether a reasonable person could have taken steps to prevent the offence occurring - for example by keeping your dog under control so that it doesn't enter a banned area
- It's not in the public interest to pursue the offence - although these are minor offences, the levels of litter, dog mess etc are something that concern local residents, and Chichester District Council needs to respond to these concerns by making sure the law is enforced. The authority also spends a lot of money cleaning the streets, and anything we can do to stop litter, dog mess etc helps us to do this more effectively.
How do we deal with informal appeals?
Only appeals made in writing can be considered. Please quote the reference number that is pre-fixed 'CC' on the FPN.
Appeals can be made by:
Or writing to:
FAO Environmental Enforcement Office Supervisor
EH Commercial Services Ltd
This scheme is run by East Hampshire District Council and, therefore, any contact / complaints / appeals must be made in writing to them and not Chichester District Council. We are unable to deal with enquiries at Chichester District Council Offices. All representations must be made in writing, representations cannot be made in person or by telephone.
Every appeal will;
- Be considered on its merits, on the basis of the information and evidence provided by the person who received the FPN and the enforcement officer who issued the FPN.
- Receive a full written response, normally within 10 working days. Where a more detailed investigation is required, appeals will be acknowledged in writing with an indication on when you can expect a full response.
Where appeals are not upheld, the reasons for this will be explained, a further 14 day period given for payment will be given and details of the councils complaint procedure will be provided.
The funding of the scheme comes directly from fines, rather than from the council's budget. The council liaise with EH Commercial Services Ltd to target problem-areas within the Chichester district.
The aim of the scheme is to:
- Reduce litter
- Encourage people to clean up after their dogs
- Raise awareness that dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dogs may result in a fine
Paying a fine
Or telephone on the number provided.
Name: Customer Service Centre
Chichester District Council
East Pallant House
Telephone: +44 01243 785166
Reporting littering and dog fouling hotspots
If you know of a litter or dog fouling hotspot which would benefit from a visit from our officers:
- Let us know by selecting the 'waste and recycling' department on our contact us form and submitting the details.
- Alternatively you can contact the waste and recycling department:
Name: Waste and recycling
Chichester Contract Services
FAQ - littering and enforcement
What is litter?
Litter is anything that is thrown down or dropped and then left. This includes: cigarette ends, cigars, chewing gum, sweet wrappers and food containers.
What are the fines for littering?
If you are caught dropping litter, which includes dog waste bags, you will receive an on the spot fine of £100. This reduces to £75 if it is paid within 14 days. If you are caught not clearing up your dog's mess, you will received an on the spot fine of £100. This reduces to £75 if it is paid within 14 days. If the fines are not paid and a case goes to court, the maximum penalty for littering is £2,500, and £1,000 for dog fouling.
Why is littering a problem?
We live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the country and yet we have to spend over £1 million keeping our district clean and tidy. We believe that if we could reduce fly tipping, dog fouling and littering, some of that £1 million could be saved and spent on more important community services.
How can I help reduce litter?
Please dispose of all litter responsibly - either put it in a bin or take it home. You can help reduce roadside litter by not throwing litter out of your vehicle window and keeping a bag in your car to collect rubbish. Also ensure your vehicle load is secure before setting off on your journey and always take large household rubbish to your local tip or use a registered waste disposal company. Finally, report any hotspot areas for dog fouling, littering or fly tipping.
How can I report extensive littering?
Report any fly tipping to the council using the 'report a problem' page on the website.
Where can I sign up and support the Against Litter campaign?
To sign up to the Against Litter campaign please visit the Against Litter pages on our website and complete the Sign up and support the Against Litter campaign form.
Can I receive updates about the Against Litter campaign?
A: Yes. If you complete the Sign up and support the Against Litter campaign form on our website we will automatically send you updates on our progress and activities.