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Fixed Penalty Notices

A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is a fine issued for littering, spitting, urinating, cycling in a restricted area and dog control order offences. See our full list of offences and penalties.

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice 

Our Enforcement Officers do not take payments. The FPNs they issue will tell you how you can pay. Our officers can also explain the options.

FPNs issued by Bedford Borough Council (6 digit reference number)

Pay Fixed Penalty Notice  

By phone: 01234 718060.

To pay by cash please call 01234 718060 for further information.

You cannot pay by cheque or by instalments.

FPNs issued by Kingdom Environmental Protection (9 digit reference number)

Pay online at www.fpnpayment.com/bedford

Or by automated phone line: 0333 313 9994.

You can pay by cash or card at PayPoint outlets.

Reasons for being issued a FPN

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for littering, spitting, urinating, cycling in a restricted area and dog control order offences.

It is an offence if you:

  • drop litter (including cigarette butts and chewing gum) and walk away after you have dropped it
  • spit on to the ground in a public place
  • urinate in a public place
  • let your dog foul a public place and you walk away without clearing the mess
  • let your dog is in a restricted area or off a lead in a restricted area
  • cycle in a restricted area

It does not matter whether you volunteer to pick up the waste afterwards – you have committed an offence and will be given a FPN.

We do not have to put signs in streets or open spaces to tell you not to litter or that litter patrols are working in the area.

Cigarettes stubs

Smokers must fully extinguish cigarettes before putting them in the bin. Many bins have stubbing plates you can use. You may also choose to carry a portable 'butt pouch' or 'pocket ashtray'.

By law, cigarette waste is the same as other waste – you can be given a FPN for not disposing of cigarette stubs properly. Placing a cigarette stub down a drain or in a stream is a littering offence for which you will be given a FPN.

Enforcement Officers

Enforcement Officers in Bedford are employed either directly by us or by contract with Kingdom Environmental Protection. They carry a photo ID that shows their job title and name.

All officers wear a uniform of:

  • black trousers
  • black polo shirts with the Council's logo on
  • black jackets with the Council logo on sleeve
  • body cameras

They work in areas where most offences take place and patrol wherever there is evidence of a problem.

If you don't pay

If you refuse to pay the FPN you will be prosecuted for the offence.

If you don't pay within 14 days of the FPN being issued for cycling in a restricted area and dog control order offences and within 28 days of the FPN being issued for littering/spitting/urinating and the matter goes to court, then you could incur more costs.

You have the right not to pay the FPN and have your case heard in the Magistrates’ Court. Paying a FPN on time means we cannot take prosecution action against you for the offence alleged on the FPN.

Disputing a Fixed Penalty Notice

You can query a FPN in the form of a 'representation'.

Representations must be made in writing and show the FPN was not issued correctly by law – for example, by proving it was issued to the wrong person.

Representations would not be considered on the basis that:

  • you didn't know the law
  • you didn't know the law was being enforced
  • it was the first time you committed the offence
  • you believe the officer issuing the FPN was rude or did not behave appropriately – we will consider this as a complaint but the FPN will stand if issued correctly by law

To make representation for FPN’s issued by Kingdom Environmental Protection (9 digit reference number), email Bedford.council@kingdom.co.uk.

To make representation for FPN’s issued by Bedford Borough Council (6 digit reference number), email env.services@bedford.gov.uk.

Or by post:      

Bedford Borough Council
Room 401
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AP

You can make a representation based on the behaviour of the Enforcement Officer, although this is usually dealt with as an internal complaint and the FPN very often stands.

You should write to the address above if you wish to complain about an officer's behaviour. We will investigate the complaint separately to the FPN. You are still liable to prosecution if you don't pay the FPN on time.

The only official way you can appeal against a FPN is by going to court.

If you don't agree you committed the offence, the matter will be dealt with as a prosecution in court. It will be up to the court, on receiving evidence, to decide whether an offence was committed and whether any penalty should be imposed.