Public Space Protection Orders

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

  • safer for everyone
  • availalble 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 options to deal with problems have not been successful.

Map of PSPOs in York


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The following PSPOs are in place:

Area of York Purpose of PSPO Review date*
The Groves Alcohol Restriction Zone December 2018
City Walls Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
Copmanthorpe Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
Scarcroft Green Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
War Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
Strensall and Towthorpe Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
West Bank Park

Alcohol Restriction Zone, plus: ban on motorised bikes, ban on 3 or more individuals in a group causing anti-social behaviour (ASB), and dogs must be kept on a lead between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

June 2020
Acomb Green Alcohol Restriction Zone, plus: ban on motorised bikes, ban on 3 or more individuals in a group causing ASB, and dogs must be kept on a lead between 8.00am and 6.00pm. June 2020
Holgate Dock Ban on dogs from Holgate Dock July 2019
Union Terrace Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020
Clarence Gardens Alcohol Restriction Zone September 2020

*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.

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 locality
  • will be persistent or continuing
  • are unreasonable
  • justify the restrictions imposed

We consult with the police to:

  • share information about problems in your local community
  • 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 a local Residents' Associations, regular users of parks, or those troubled by specific activities, such as busking or street entertainers.

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

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; people who breach the order can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and fined £100 (reduced to £75 for early repayment). Non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

We take a staged approach to enforcement to ensure that any action is proportionate and appropriate.

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.

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