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.
Other ways to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice
If you cannot pay online you can also pay by:
- Freephone telephone: 0800 090 2223