Decision details

Waste Enforcement Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Review of the Waste Enforcement Policy to bring it in line with recent legislative and national policy updates.




1.              The Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing approved the Waste Enforcement Policy 2020 (Appendix C)


2.              Delegated authority was given to the Director of Public Protection and Licensing to approve minor modifications and updates to the policy.


3.              Delegated authority to carry out waste enforcement was given to an Officer authorised by the Executive Director of City Management and Communities.


4.               That the approved recommendations will be implemented on 1st April 2020 to coincide with the completion of officer training and updates to Enforcement Notices.


Summary of theCurrent Policy


1.     The current Waste Enforcement Policy 2016 (Appendix B) stipulates that the responsibility is on the person or business to be aware of how and when to dispose of their waste.  To support awareness, the council place signage on the streets, send letters, and publishes information on our website.


2.     The council currently take a zero-tolerance approach to offences identified by commercial businesses and serve a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) (maximum fine £400).  However, for residential waste offences a warning notice is first issued, followed by an FPN for repeat offences (maximum fine £200).  The policy states that if two FPNs are issued to either commercial or residents that the council may consider prosecution. 


3.     The council have adopted a pathway for residents or businesses to pay a reduced rate for early payment or make representations for officers to consider. 


Publication date: 24/07/2020

Date of decision: 24/07/2020

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