Graffiti and fly-posting
Section 28 Graffiti and fly-posting offences: fixed penalty notices
105.Section 43 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 allows authorised officers to issue fixed penalty notices for the offences of graffiti and fly-posting, and previously sets the amount payable for a graffiti or fly-posting fixed penalty notice at £50.
106.Section 28 of this Act enables a local authority to vary the fixed penalty amount for a graffiti or fly-posting offence in its area. Where no amount is specified by a local authority, this section also raises the base amount from £50 to £75. This amount may be changed by an order made by the appropriate person. In either case, the local authority may provide for a lesser amount to be paid if early payment is made within a specified period. In addition, the appropriate person (the Secretary of State in relation to England and the National Assembly for Wales in relation to Wales) may make regulations relating to the fixed penalty amount, for example to specify a range within which the amount should fall.
107.Parish and community councils (by way of their qualifying as “litter authorities” under section 88(9)(f) of the 1990 Act, and thus as “local authorities” under these provisions) are also given the power to issue fixed penalty notices for the graffiti and fly-posting offences. The effect of subsections (2) and (3) of section 28 (relating to the definition of “relevant local authority”) is to require them to adopt the amount specified by the local authority.
Section 29 Fixed penalty notices: powers to require name and address
108.Section 29 further amends the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 to give an authorised officer of a local authority the power to require the name and address of a person to whom he proposes to give a fixed penalty notice, and makes it an offence for that person either to fail to give that information or to give false or inaccurate information.
Section 30 Fixed penalty notices: authorised officers
109.Section 30 extends the definition of an “authorised officer” to allow local authorities to authorise individuals other than their own employees for the purpose of giving notices for graffiti and fly-posting offences.
110.Subsection (2) enables the appropriate person (the Secretary of State in relation to England and the National Assembly for Wales in relation to Wales) to make regulations prescribing conditions that a person must satisfy before a parish or community council may authorise that person to issue notices on their behalf for graffiti and fly-posting offences.
Section 31 Extension of graffiti removal regime to fly-posting
111.Sections 48 to 52 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 enable local authorities to issue notices requiring the removal of graffiti within 28 days from certain surfaces to statutory undertakers (such as railways and port authorities) or a person responsible for street furniture. If the graffiti removal notice is not complied with, the local authority can remove the graffiti themselves and reclaim their costs.
112.Section 31 amends the powers to issue graffiti removal notices (in respect of the defacement of a relevant surface to a degree that is detrimental to the amenity of an area or that is offensive) under sections 48-52 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 by extending their application to cover illegal advertising (fly posting). This enables a removal notice to be issued requiring the removal of any poster or flyer displayed on a relevant surface in contravention of regulations made under section 220 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
113.Paragraph 17 of Schedule 4 makes consequential amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 so as to re-name these notices as “defacement removal notices”.
Section 32 Sale of aerosol paints to children
114.Section 54 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 makes it an offence to sell aerosol paints to persons aged under 16. Section 32 introduces a new section 54A concerning the enforcement of section 54.
115.Section 54A(1) requires a local weights and measures authority to consider, at least once a year, the extent to which it is appropriate to have a programme of enforcement action in relation to section 54 and, to that extent, to carry out such a programme.
116.Section 54A(2) sets out what measures a programme of enforcement action may contain. Guidance will set out what "other measures" in section 54A(2)(c) may include.