Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

We use Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to control behaviour that is either having, or is likely to have, a harmful effect on a local community’s quality of life. 

What is a Public Spaces Protection Orders? 

PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on an area which apply to everyone. They can be enforced by the police, council enforcement officers or any other authorised officers.

We can issue a fine of £100 to anyone who breaches the PSPO. If they do not pay the fine we can take further action with a maximum fine of £1000.

PSPOs help to make public areas safe from anti-social behaviour so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

You can read the Home Office’s guidance on PSPOs in section 2.6 of their Reform of anti-social behaviour powers document (PDF) 

Current PSPOs in Newham

The London Borough of Newham currently has the following PSPOs in force in the borough:

Alcohol Control PSPO - The whole borough of Newham is subject to the following prohibitions / requirements:

No person shall refuse to stop drinking alcohol or hand over containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by an authorised officer/ person. It's important to note that officers will only enforce this prohibition when people drinking alcohol are currently or likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

This PSPO does not prohibit drinking in public places but will give the police and other authorised persons (such as officers from the Local Authority who have designated powers) the power to confiscate alcohol, issue a fixed penalty of up to £100 or (if taken to court) a fine of up to £1000.

Dog Control PSPO - The whole borough of Newham is subject to the following prohibitions /requirements:

  • Dog faeces must be cleaned up by those responsible for their dog(s)
  • Dogs must be put on lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Maximum of six dogs with one handler
  • Dogs excluded from Children’s Play areas and Multi Use Games Areas (see attached Order for full list of locations)

Exemptions to the dog control PSPO - Those who have a recognised disability which affects mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, and are in charge of an assistance dog trained by a relevant charity are exempt for the purposes of the PSPO.

Failure to adhere to the PSPO requirements may result in a police officer or authorised officer issue a fixed penalty of up to £100 or (if taken to court) a fine of up to £1000.

Full details of the orders can be found in the attached documents:

Public spaces protection Order Dog Nuisance 2022-2025 (PDF)

Public spaces protection for Alcohol Control 2022-2025 (PDF)