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Pay or appeal a Fixed Penalty Notice

If you have been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for dropping litter, you have 14 days from the date of issue to pay the fine. If you don't pay within 28 days, the case will go to court, where you could receive a fine of up to £2,500 plus costs.

How to pay

Pay online

Phone: 020 7527 8000

Post: Payment may be made by cheque payable to:
Islington Council – NR301 TJ46 and sent to Public Protection,
ASB Environmental Services, 3rd Floor Laycock Wing,
222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR.

Electronically: By Bankers Automated Clearing Services (BACS). Payment should be made to:
Barclays Bank PLC, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HP
Sort Code 20-00-00
Account Number 93377261

How to appeal

The council will consider written representations received within 14 days of the notice.

Before you submit your appeal, please read these frequently asked questions:

Why should I pay, there were no signs telling me not to drop litter?

We are not required to place signs in every street, road, highway or open space to tell people not to litter. Littering is a criminal offence and has been for many years.

Why should I pay a FPN when there were no litter bins nearby?
It's not possible to place litter bins in every street, road and highway. Every effort is made to place bins where they are most needed. Where bins are not available it is up to you to act responsibly and take your litter home, or carry it until a bin is available.

I only dropped my cigarette end; why should such a small item be treated the same way as dropping larger items of litter?
By law, litter includes small items like cigarette butts and chewing gum. In many ways these are more of a nuisance and expensive to clean up than other items of rubbish.

I can’t put my cigarette end in the bin as there is a danger it will catch fire
Smokers are responsible for ensuring they completely extinguish their cigarette before placing it in the bin. Most bins have stubbing plates provided. If no suitable bin is nearby, you should carry the cigarette end with you until you find a suitable bin.

I offered to pick the litter up, why was I still issued a FPN?
The offence relates to the dropping, throwing or depositing of litter and leaving it. So whether or not you subsequently volunteered to pick up your litter, you have committed an offence and will be issued with a FPN.

I wasn't given a warning, surely that's not fair?
Littering is an offence. We can take enforcement action where the offence is committed and do not have to give people a warning.

What's the big deal about some litter anyway?
Littering is not only a serious blight on our environment but very costly to the council as well.

What happens if I receive a second FPN within 12 months of receiving the first?
If the same person commits the same offence more than once in any 12 month period, consideration is given to prosecuting them rather than issuing a further FPN.

Are your enforcement officers given bonuses for the number of FPNs issued?
All of our enforcement officers will issue FPNs where there is evidence that an offence has been committed. Enforcement officers are paid a salary that is not determined by the number of FPNs issued. The aim of this enforcement activity is to stop people from littering, not to make money.

You can send your appeal by email to or by post to Service Manager, Public Protection, ASB Environmental Services, 3rd Floor Laycock Wing, 222 Upper Street, London, N1 1XR.

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