Public spaces protection order

Orders to ensure the law-abiding majority can make use of and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 received royal assent on 13 March 2014 and became fully operational from 20 October 2014. It introduced several simpler, more effective powers aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and providing better protection for victims and communities.


The public spaces protection order is a local council power to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.


This can be used to tackle issues such as dog fouling and restricting the consumption of alcohol on the streets. Breach of the order without reasonable excuse would be a criminal offence, subject to a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.



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