Clean Streets Enforcement campaign

Clean Streets Enforcement campaign

What the Clean Streets Enforcement campaign is about, how much you could get fined and how you can pay your fine.

What we’re doing

We have an enforcement company called Kingdom working on our behalf giving Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) to anyone they see committing ‘environmental crimes’ around the city.

The officers are mainly working in the city centre and the main roads in and out of Bristol, but they'll also work in other areas of the city.

What is an 'environmental crime'

Environmental crimes include:

  • Dropping litter on the street or from your vehicle: this includes chewing gum and cigarette butts
  • Spitting
  • Graffiti: this includes painting or damaging a tree or any road signs
  • Fly-posting
  • Not clearing up your dog’s mess
  • Not keeping your dog under control 

For more information see our Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2017 (pdf, 269KB) (opens new window)

What happens if you’re stopped 

If an enforcement officer sees you commit an environmental crime they’ll ask for your name and address so they can issue you with a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine).

If you refuse to give your details, the officer will be able to use the information they’ve recorded on their body cameras. This information is often enough to identify someone.

If you refused to give your details, you may be taken to court and given a much larger fine:

  • Up to £2,500 for the environmental crime
  • Up to £1,000 for obstructing an authorised officer

How you can recognise the enforcement officers

The enforcement officers wear navy blue polo shirts with the Bristol City Council and Kingdom logos on them. They also carry warrant cards to identify themselves.

Paying your fines

You’ll need to pay your fine within 14 days.

If you pay your fine within 10 days you’ll only have to pay the reduced rate.

Cost of fines

Offence Full fine Reduced rate
Dropping litter in the street or from your vehicle    £100 £50
Dropping chewing gum and cigarette butts  £100 £50
Spitting  £100 £50
Graffiti  £100 £50
Fly posting   £100 £50
Painting or damaging a tree or any road signs  £100  £50
Drinking in a no drinking area  £100 £60
Not clearing up your dog’s mess  £100 £60
Not keeping your dog under control in a public area  £100 £60

How you can pay 

You can pay your fine:

You'll need your:

  • Fixed Penalty Notice number
  • Debit or credit card

If you don’t pay your fine

If you don’t pay your fine within 14 days, you could get taken to court. You could be fined up to £2,500 and you may get a criminal record.

Number of environmental crime cases prosecuted at court 

Month Number  of cases 
December 2018 28
November 2018 84
October 2018 79
September 2018 153
August 2018 78
July 2018 27
June 2018     54
May 2018 55
April 2018 5
Total 372

How much this costs us

This service is funded by the fines that the enforcement officers bring in. That means that it won’t cost the Bristol tax payer anything.

Any left over money will be used to tackle environmental issues in the city.

Why we’re doing this

74% of people in Bristol think that litter is a problem in the city. Last year around 7,000 tonnes of waste was collected from the streets. 

Picking up litter costs the city £6 million a year. This is money that could be better spent elsewhere.

Let us know about litter

You can report a street that needs cleaning if you see litter or any other mess in a public area.

Complaints and feedback

Make a complaint or give feedback about the Clean Streets Enforcement campaign.

Who has been fined?

Monthly breakdown:

  • December 2018: 772
  • November 2018: 751
  • October 2018: 723
  • September 2018 : 497
  • August 2018: 470
  • July 2018: 667
  • June 2018: 858 
  • May 2018: 940 
  • April 2018: 844
  • March 2018: 1,112
  • February 2018: 1,304
  • January 2018: 1,087
  • December 2017: 770 
  • November 2017: 1,197


  • Female: 46.84 %
  • Male: 53.16 %

Age range:

Age range Percentage to date
18 1.74 %
19   2.97 %
20 to 29 37.29 %
30 to 39 26.18 %
40 to 49   13.58 %
50 to 59 8.71 %
60 to 69 0.53 %
Not known 9.09 %