Guidance

Environment Agency enforcement, sanctions and offences

The Environment Agency's position on enforcement and sanctions (including prosecution) and options to respond to an offence.

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The Enforcement and sanctions statement and Enforcement and sanctions guidance have been updated and combined into one document. See the updated Enforcement and sanctions policy.

The Offence Response Option (ORO) document has moved to the new Enforcement and sanctions policy publication.

Documents

Enforcement and sanctions: statement

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Enforcement and sanctions: guidance

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Details

These documents explain how the Environment Agency makes enforcement decisions, the types of tools available and associated processes. These range, for example, from providing advice and guidance through to prosecution.

These documents replace a previous publication known as the Environment Agency’s enforcement and prosecution policy.

See related form: Enforcement undertaking offer form.

Published 7 January 2014
Last updated 1 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. The guidance 'Enforcement and Sanctions: Offence Response Options (ORO)' has been updated in line with a change in legislation from 1 January 2017.
  2. The Offence Response Options document has been updated for April 2016.
  3. Enforcement and sanctions guidance updated to version 4.
  4. New version of the Offence Response Options document.
  5. Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance: Updated to reflect Regulators' Code and new Annex covering Climate Change Regimes. Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance: Updated to reflect Regulators' Code.
  6. New version of Offense Response Options (ORO) document.
  7. First published.