Litter, street cleaning and dog fouling

Help us keep Leeds clean by reporting any of the following issues:

Dog fouling

Pavements that are heavily soiled can be cleared - this could take up to 5 working days. Smaller amounts can be collected by you, using a polythene bag, and placed in litter bins or your general waste bin.

Please use the Report litter or dog fouling form to tell us where the fouling occurs, and details of the owner if you have them, as we may be able to prosecute them.​​​​

Dead animal removal

We aim to collect dead animals from the highway and footpaths within 24 hours.

We will make attempts to scan deceased pets for a microchip where possible. Where a microchip is evident we will publish the chip number on the register.

If the animal is on a high speed road (50 miles an hour or more) it may not be possible for us to remove the body without assistance of the traffic police. In these cases it can take significantly longer.

In some instances, due to the need to protect the safety of our staff, we may not be able to remove small animals or those which do not represent a danger to motorists and other road users.

We do not remove dead animals found in gardens, you must contact your local vet for advice.

Requests for the removal of livestock, such as cows and sheep, will require advice from our Animal Health Officer, and therefore may take longer. We will refer requests for the removal of dead horses to our contractors.​​

Please use the Report a dead animal form to report any dead animals.​​​​​

Litter bins

We provide and empty litter bins in public areas throughout Leeds. Depending on how busy the area is we arrange for bins to be emptied either daily or two or three times a week.

To report a full litter bin or enquire about provision of a new bin please use the Report a problem with a litter bin or dog bin form. Please remember to include the location of the bin.


We take legal action when someone is caught dropping litter, or throwing it out of vehicles. This includes paper, chewing gum, cans, bottles, waste food, food and drink containers, plastic and cigarette ends.

There is a £100 (discounted to £80 for early repayment) fixed penalty fine and failure to pay will result in prosecution leading to a maximum fine of £2,500 if found guilty.​

Litter thrown from vehicles

We can issue fixed penalty notices to deter people from throwing litter from vehicles. Please use the Report litter online form to help us gather the evidence we need to issue a fine.

You will need to let us know:

  • the time and date of the offence
  • the registration, colour, make and model of the vehicle
  • a description of the person who threw the litter (and whether they were the person driving)
  • a description of the litter
Report litter online

Do not put yourself or other road users at any sort of risk when collecting evidence.

Paying or appealing against a litter fine

The easiest way to pay is over the phone by credit/debit card between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you wish to pay by phone please ring Parking Services, who administer our telephone payments, on 0113 378 5000.

You can also pay by sending a cheque in the post or postal/money order, made payable to 'Leeds City Council'. We cannot accept payment if made payable to 'LCC'. Please address cheques to:

Fixed Penalty Notice Payments Section
Leeds City Council
Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team
Millshaw Park Way
Leeds LS11 0LS

If for any reason you cannot pay by the methods mentioned above, please ring 0113 378 5955 quoting the serial number of the fixed penalty notice and we can advise you further.

You can pay by cash at the above address by appointment only.

Appealing against a Fixed Penalty Notice

There is no formal appeals process for a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The FPN is put in place as an alternative to legal proceedings, therefore you do have the option to not pay the FPN and instead attend court to provide your own evidence.

If you do have concerns regarding the issue of any FPN you can make an informal representation by email to within 14 days.

Paint spillages

We will attempt to clean paint from roads and footpaths in Leeds. Use the Report a road, footpath or cycleway to be swept form to report these types of issues. You can get information and report issues with graffiti to us on our Graffiti and Needle removal page.

Lost property​

Items found are handed to the police.

Other issues

​Adopted roads and footpaths are swept on a regular basis. If you have spotted a problem, please use the Report a road, footpath or cycleway to be swept form.

Please see our Report other environmental problems page if your issue isn't covered on this page.

For information about dead animals we have collected, please visit the Dead cats and dogs register page.​






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