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)