London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2013
The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2013 was a joint act between boroughs and TfL. It contains a series of provisions including:
- Powers to attach street signs and lampposts to buildings.
- Powers to recover the costs of damage to highways if caused by building works.
- Powers relating to enforcement of builders skips.
- Creation of an offence of interference with a barrier, for example on a gated road.
- Powers relating to the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
London Councils has recently produced a Code of Practice relating to attaching street signs and street lamps to building.
London Councils has set penalty levels and an immobilisation release charge for builders skips enforcement. You can find more information here.
London Councils is currently looking at sharing best practice in tackling damage to highways. Highways authorities with best practice to share can contact Jennifer Sibley.
London Local Authorities Act 2012
The London Local Authorities Act 2012 received royal assent on 27 May 2012. This Act confers a range of powers upon local authorities in London, including:
- the issuing of penalty charges for littering and dog-related offences
- miscellaneous provisions related to public health, environmental protection and highways
- provision for local authorities to serve management orders on owners of houses in multiple occupation that require maintenance
- changes to the powers of entry by ‘appropriate officers’ to houses
- miscellaneous provisions for the licensing of premises.
London Local Authorities Act 2007
The London Local Authorities Act 2007 contains several provisions allowing London councils to tackle flyposting, graffiti, littering and abandoned vehicles.
More detailed information on this Act can be found in our Rough Guide to the London Local Authorities Act 2007. We refreshed the content in June 2015 to bring it up to date.
We produced two codes of practice following the Act:
- The prevention of persistent unauthorised advertisements (section 11).
- Dealing with appeal provisions to flytipping (section 25).
The 2007 Act introduced a decriminalised enforcement regime in London for littering from vehicles and offences relating to waste receptacles.
- Littering from vehicles: Enabling councils to serve a penalty charge notice on a vehicle owner when a littering offence has been committed by somebody inside the vehicle. Buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles are exempt. We have produced a Good Practice Guide on these provisions: Provisions on the Penalty Charge Notice in relation to littering from vehicles.
- Waste receptacle related breaches: Allowing councils to set standard regulations for businesses about rubbish collection, including where to place bins and what to put into different recycling containers. Councils are able to impose a penalty charge on those who fail to comply. The government's Deregulation Act 2015 made changes to these powers from 15 June 2015. More information can be found here.
The appeals process for all penalty charge notices issued under London's legislation is facilitated by London Tribunals