About public space protection orders

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

They work by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are intended to make sure that everyone can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

A PSPO can set out blanket restrictions and/or requirements or can be targeted against certain behaviours by certain groups at certain times.  

PSPO enforcement

PSPO's are enforced by the following groups of people:

  • council officers
  • council designated organisations
  • police officers
  • police community support officers

Penalty for breaching a PSPO

Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence.

We can issue a fixed penalty to anyone who we believe has breached a PSPO. All fixed penalties must be paid within 14 days.

Payment of the fixed penalty will remove any liability to conviction for the offence. If the fine is not paid, we can prosecute you. This can lead to a maximum fine of £1,000 and costs.

View our anti-social behaviour fixed penalty notices page for more information.

PSPOs in North Somerset

We have created our orders following consultation with the police, police and crime commissioner, and other organisations or groups with an interest in our public spaces.

We have set out a number of requirements and/or restrictions for our public spaces which target antisocial activities.

These address issues that have an impact on residents and visitors and is detrimental to their quality of life. It includes things like:

  • dog fouling
  • littering
  • street drinking

Our orders will be reviewed every three years to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose.

Report a breach

If the incident is related to anti-social behaviour and is occurring now, such as street drinking or anti-social driving, call:

  • 101 (the police) for non-urgent reports
  • 999 in an emergency

For other PSPO breaches such as littering or dog control orders, contact our team directly. 

Contact us

PSPOs are jointly managed between the council’s Community Safety and Environmental Protection teams.

To talk to us about a PSPO or to report a breach, you can contact us through email or post. 

Safer Communities, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ