Anti-social behaviour

You can pay an environmental Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) online.

Nuisance in public places

Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with nuisance or problems that are harmful to the local community's quality of life.

PSPOs work by imposing conditions on the use of the area, so that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

PSPOs include similar powers that used to be covered by controlled drinking zones (which gave police officers the power to stop anyone drinking alcohol if causing a nuisance or distress to others and/or confiscate open or sealed cans or bottles of alcohol if they thought it was likely to be drunk in a public place).

Where can a PSPO apply?

A council can make a PSPO on any public space within its own area. The definition of public space is wide and may include any place to which the public has access as of right or by permission.

Failure to comply with a PSPO

Failure to comply with a PSPO is an offence that could result in a fine of up to £100 in a magistrates court. Police and council officers, and officers authorised by the council, can enforce the conditions of PSPOs and can issue fixed penalty notices of £100 for non-compliance.

What PSPOs are in place?

Report a public nuisance

Page last updated: 04 Aug 2023