Public space protection orders

Public space protection orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with nuisance or problems that are detrimental 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.

Where can it 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.

How are they enforced?

Failure to comply with a PSPO is an offence which could result in a fine of up to £1,000 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 £75 for non-compliance.

What PSPOs are in place?

Shrewsbury town centre - effective from 1 August 2023.

​​At the 19 July 2023 cabinet meeting, it was resolved that the PSPO be extended with amendments from 1 August 2023 for a further three years.