Public spaces protection orders (PSPO)

A public spaces protection order provides councils with a flexible power to put in place local restrictions to address various anti-social behaviour issues in public places. It covers specific nuisances in that particular space.

Orders can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officer and council officers.

A breach of the order is a criminal offence and can be dealt with through the issuing of a fixed penalty notice of up to £100, or a level 3 fine of £1,000 on prosecution.

Have your say on renewing the Lancaster City Centre PSPO

The city centre PSPO has now been in force for three years and it is the council’s intention to apply for a renewal of this order to ensure that the legislation currently in force to tackle antisocial behaviour remains in place.

The PSPO sets out:

  • what the detrimental activities are
  • what is being prohibited and/or required, including any exemptions
  • the area covered
  • the consequences for breach
  • the period for which it has effect

The current order runs out on 5 December 2019 and, before it can be renewed, the council must consult with the public about how well it has worked and if any adjustments are needed.


Lancaster City Centre PSPO

Lancaster City Council has been working with Lancashire Constabulary and other partners and has placed a PSPO on Lancaster City Centre in response to ongoing anti-social behaviour incidents.

The PSPO is for three years and runs until 2019.


Morecambe, West End, Heysham Barrows & Happy Mount Park PSPO

Lancaster City Council has been working with Lancashire Constabulary and other partners and has placed a PSPO on areas Morecambe, Heysham and Happy Mount Park in response to ongoing anti-social behaviour incidents.

The PSPO is for three years and runs until 2021.

Last updated: 22 October 2019