Fines and penalties
Fly-tipping is against the law and those convicted face fines and penalties.
- Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted in a magistrates’ court, more severe cases receiving convictions in a crown court can be given an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment.
- As well as fines, fly-tippers may have to cover expensive legal costs.
- Vehicles can be seized or crushed and fly-tippers can be disqualified from driving.
- They may be sentenced to unpaid community service.
Those who employ a trader that fly-tips could also be fined up to £400.
There has been a 36% increase in prosecutions for fly-tipping in Surrey over the last year. Prosecutions and fines help reduce fly-tipping to ensure council tax money is spent on other priorities, instead of clearing up fly-tipped waste.