People and communities

Public Space Protection Orders

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) deal with problems that spoil the quality of life in your local community - they set out rules about behaviour in a 'public space' so that it's:

  • safer for everyone
  • available to use and enjoy by law-abiding people
  • free from anti-social behaviour

A wide range of behaviours can be managed through the restrictions or positive requirements in a PSPO, especially when other targeted methods of dealing with problems haven't been successful.

A PSPO on its own does not solve anti-social behaviour in open spaces and must be used alongside a range of measures delivered through a multi-agency approach.

A PSPO can last for up to 3 years, after which it must be reviewed. Following a review a PSPO can be extended for a further 3 years; there's no limit on the number of times a PSPO can be reviewed and renewed.

2022 Public Space Protection Order consultations

All Public Space Protection Orders were reviewed in 2021, and it was decided to consult in 2022 on 2 new PSPOs for Union Terrace and Clarence Street, and for the city centre area encircled by the city walls.

In April we asked residents and businesses about introducing these measures to assist officers to address alcohol-related crime and nuisance in and near the city centre.

The results of the consultations will be analysed and reports based on the findings will be drafted for the Housing and Community Safety Executive Member Decision session in May 2022.

Making Public Space Protection Orders

We make a PSPO when we're 'satisfied on reasonable grounds' that activities carried out (or likely to be carried out), in a public space:

  • have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for people in the area
  • will be persistent or continuing
  • are unreasonable
  • justify the restrictions imposed

We consult with the police to:

  • share information about problems in local communities
  • review previous actions which addressed problem behaviour
  • discuss the practicalities of enforcing PSPOs

We also consult with community representatives, specific groups and individuals, such as members of local Residents' Associations, regular users of parks, or those troubled by specific activities, such as busking or street entertainers.

We make details of each PSPO publicly available before it comes into force, in accordance with regulations published by the Secretary of State.

All PSPO areas are marked with appropriate signs.

Alcohol Restriction Zones

PSPOs in York can include Alcohol Restriction Zones (ARZ); in these areas it's an offence if you do not cease to consume alcohol and/or surrender alcohol when requested to do so by a police officer or other authorised person.

Enforcing PSPOs

In York, PSPOs are enforced by our Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers and the police.

It's an offence to break the rules within a PSPO. We take a staged approach to enforcement to ensure that any action is proportionate and appropriate.

Breaching a PSPO

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence. If appropriate, a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued.

Find out what happens when you receive an FPN for breaching a PSPO and how to pay an FPN.

Read more about Fixed Penalty Notices on GOV.UK.

Discharged DPPOs

'Designated Public Place Orders' (DPPOs) had previously led to the creation of 'Alcohol Restriction Zones' (ARZ) in the following areas:

  • Clarence Gardens
  • Cleveland Street
  • Clifton Moor Community Church
  • Duncombe Place
  • Exhibition Square
  • Glen Gardens, Heworth
  • Museum Gardens
  • Poppleton Community Centre
  • Rawcliffe/Clifton Library
  • Rawcliffe Lake
  • Salisbury Terrace
  • Union Terrace
  • Walmgate
  • Woodthorpe Green

With the replacement of DPPOs by PSPOs (on 20 October 2017) we have 'discharged' these orders, as evidence was not available regarding ongoing problems with alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Also see

Neighbourhood Enforcement Team

Community Safety Hub, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551555