Public space protection orders

Sometimes referred to as PSPOs, these orders are designed to prevent individuals or groups of people behaving in a way that has (or is likely to have) a detrimental effect on other people’s quality of life in a locality, including persistent anti-social behaviour.

Creating and implementing orders

We can create and implement an order after consultation with the police, police and crime commissioner and other organisations or groups with an interest in the public space.

We set out requirements and/or restrictions for an area which target certain behaviours such as dog fouling.

Any orders that are created following the consultation will need to be reviewed after three years and either renewed or revoked.

Links with existing legislation

We have an opportunity under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to introduce these orders which are designed to replace existing dog control orders and designated public protection orders.

It is intended that the public space protection orders will come into effect in 2017.


Our consultation on proposals for public space protection orders has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. We have considered all feedback and a report on how to proceed went to our Executive meeting on Tuesday 20 June.