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

The officers will mainly be 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 

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    £75  £50
Dropping chewing gum and cigarette butts  £75  £50
Spitting  £75  £50
Graffiti  £75  £50
Fly posting   £75  £50
Painting or damaging a tree or any road signs  £75  £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. You will be charged for using a credit card. 

Don't send cash payments through the post.

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.

How much this is going to cost the council

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 surplus 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.