Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are legal documents, drawn up by the council, that allow us to restrict activities in public spaces where they could have a harmful effect on other people.

They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority of people can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour, by imposing conditions on the use of those areas that apply to everyone. 

If there is evidence of behaviour in a public space which is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of the life of the community, and the behaviour is persistent/continuing and unreasonable, the council may introduce a PSPO to include restrictions on specific behaviour and/or requirements for people to abide by when in that area.

PSPOs can cover all types of anti-social behaviour.

PSPOs, which were introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, will replace any existing Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) and Dog Control Orders (DCOs) that were in force on 20 October 2017.

PSPOs in Chesterfield: 

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Last updated on 19/07/2024