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Public spaces protection orders

Introduction to public spaces protection orders

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) can be introduced to include restrictions on specific behaviours like drinking alcohol in certain places. They’re usually introduced where anti-social behaviour is:

  • likely to have a negative effect on the community’s quality of life
  • persistent
  • unreasonable

Any form of anti-social behaviour can be considered for a PSPO.


If you break the rules of a PSPO, you can receive fines of up to £1,000. You can also be prosecuted.