Clean Neighbourhoods & Litter Enforcement

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has powers to protect and improve the quality of the environment for our local community.

The Council will spend over £2 million this year on keeping the towns and villages of the district clean and tidy. However dropping litter, chewing gum, cigarette butts and dog fouling remain a constant problem, despite the availability of litter bins and numerous public recycling facilities available.

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011
Under this legislation councils have powers to deal with environmental issues on public property such as;

  • Littering and Illegal Dumping
  • Fly-posting
  • Graffiti
  • Dog control and dog fouling
  • Abandoned and Nuisance Vehicles

The Council takes the enforcement of this legislation very seriously and is committed to ensuring that it is implemented.

Signs banners & placards advertising community, charitable, sporting and church events
Signs, banners and placards advertising community, charitable, sporting and church events, for example, may be permitted on public property subject to complying with a number of conditions.

Event organisers should contact the Council’s  Clean Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers on 0300 303 1777 for further information if planning to erect signage, banners or placards.

Advertising for commercial purposes
Advertising for commercial purposes on public property is not permitted. The Council will take enforcement action and remove signage including posters, banners, placards and vehicle or trailer advertising units from public property when they are in breach of legislation.

Dog Fouling
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council has introduced a Fouling of Land by Dogs (Fermanagh & Omagh District Council) Order 2017 which will take effect from 27 July 2017.

A copy of the Order is available to download. For further information relating to the Order please contact the Council’s Building Control & Licensing service, by telephoning 0300 303 1777.

Council officers conduct regular inspections throughout the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) are issued for offences under different categories as follows:

£75 for littering, graffiti, fly-posting, distribution of leaflets on vehicles

£75 for dog fouling

£100 for advertising two or more cars for sale in the same street within 500m or repairing cars in the street as part of a business

£200 for abandoned vehicles

All fines will be discounted by £25 for early payment, within 10 working days. Non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice could lead to prosecution, with the possibility of higher fines.

Since April 2015 until 2017 the Council has:

Investigated 930 Illegal Dumping Cases

Issued 484 fines for littering and illegal dumping

Secured 26 litter prosecutions for failure to pay a FPN

Further information & enquiries
For further information or enquiries on the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011 please contact the Council’s Clean Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers:

Telephone: 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate)
Textphone: 028 8225 6216