Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will replace the current:


This was introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, on 20th October 2017.


If there is evidence of behaviour in a public space which has, or is likely to have:

  • an adverse effect on the quality of life of the community;
  • and the behaviour is persistent / ongoing and not reasonable;

a PSPO can be introduced by the Council. These can include specific behaviour restrictions and/or requirements for people to abide by, on any public space in question.

Note: All anti-social behaviour can be considered for a Public Spaces Protection Order, not just dog or alcohol issues.


Existing Designated Public Place Orders (DPPO) and Dog Control Orders (DCO)

The change to the law comes in to effect on from 20th October 2017. From this point, the current DPPO and DCOs will be treat as provisions of a PSPO.

Over the next few weeks, signage for the DPPO and DCOs will be changed to help raise public awareness. The Council will review current orders and consider amending conditions by 20th October 2020. unless extended before this date, the orders will expire.

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