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Guidance on the Fixed Penalty Notice Provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and other legislation.

Fixed penalties can provide enforcement agencies with an effective and visible way of responding to low-level environmental crimes. The Welsh Assembly Government wishes to encourage their use by local authorities and other agencies.

Experience has shown that the public generally welcomes the use of fixed penalties, provided that they are issued sensibly, enforced even handedly and are seen as a response to genuine problems.

This guidance covers fixed penalty notices issued for environmental offences under:

  • the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
  • the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and
  • other legislation, as amended and extended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.