Decision details

Environmental Services Enforcement (Locality) - Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) Values: Reference: D18/21

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Environment and Public Protection

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Fixed Penalty Notice value and early payment reduction

Decision:

To bring the current maximum Fixed Penalty Notice values used by Breckland Council enforcement (locality) officer(s) in line with current Government Legislation.  This will in some instances include a rise in value in comparison to present value.

 

To adapt the current policy of early Fixed Penalty Notice repayment values to minus 20% of the maximum value issued by Breckland Council enforcement, in line with the above point.  This value was previously set at -25% of the maximum penalty value for the relevant offence(s).  This will in all instances include a rise in value in comparison to present value.

Reasons for the decision:

The application meets the criteria of the scheme and there are sufficient funds available to support these applications.

The income received through payment of Fixed Penalty Notices will be reinvested into the service as per the legislation requirements.

The recommended penalty levels will be set in line with existing Government Legislation for Fixed Penalty Notice charges for parity.

The reputation of the council could be impacted if it does not utilise Fixed Penalty Notices to help tackle several behaviours within its district that can have a significant impact on its communities.  This stance will likely gain further support by enforcing maximum penalties to offenders.

There is no requirement to seek permission or approval outside of the District and is decided and managed at a local level.

A 20% reduction in certain circumstances will encourage the offender to pay the penalty sooner which will reduce the administrative work which is currently conducted by the Enforcement Officer.  It will also ensure that Breckland Council is seen to be reasonable and fair to those who are cooperative.

The rise in value may see a decrease in relevant offences taking place within Breckland communities, therefore reducing the impact on service requirements and therefore overall cost to Breckland Council.

Alternative options considered:

There are no alternative options available.

Publication date: 06/04/2021

Date of decision: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

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