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Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

A PSPO works by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces without experiencing anti-social behaviour. A PSPO remains in place for a period of 3 years unless discharged by the council.

Before making a Public Space Protection Order we must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that 2 conditions are met.

 The first condition is:

  • activities carried on in a public place within the area have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • it is likely that activities will be carried on in a public place within that area and that they will have such an effect.

The second condition is the effect, or the likely effect, of the activities: 

  • is, or is likely to be, of a persistent or continuing nature
  • is, or is likely to be, such as to make the activities unreasonable
  • justifies the restrictions imposed by the order. 

Paying a Fixed Penalty Notice

A breach can result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice which is £100, payable within 14 days. However a discounted charge of £60 is applied if paid in full within 10 days. If you pay the Fixed Penalty Notice you won't be prosecuted. 

Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence subject to up to a level 3 fine on prosecution. This means a fine of up to £1,000. 

You can pay a Fixed Penalty Notice online through our payment system using a debit or credit card. 

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice

Other ways to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice

If you cannot pay online you can also pay by:

  • Freephone telephone: 0800 090 2223