Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)

What is a PSPO?

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour in a local area that is detrimental to the community's quality of life. They do so by imposing conditions on the use of that area to ensure everyone can use and enjoy public spaces without experiencing nuisance and annoyance.

Given the wide ranging scope of a PSPO, they are used sparingly and only after every other option has been exhausted.  Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence subject to a fine on conviction of up to £1,000 however, where possible a warning will first be issued before the issuing of a fixed penalty notice (FPN).  Payment of the FPN discharges liability to conviction of the offence.  The council works in partnership with the police to ensure the effective enforcement of PSPOs in Westminster.

PSPOs in Westminster

City-wide Controlled Drinking Zone

The City of Westminster Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ) PSPO makes it an offence for anyone who, without reasonable excuse, fails to surrender any alcohol in their possession when asked to do so by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised person from the council. Download a copy of the CDZ Order (PDF, 138KB)

City-wide dog control order

The City of Westminster Dog Control PSPO excludes dogs from a small number of restricted areas in the city, places a requirement for dogs to be on leads at all times or when directed in others, and makes dog fouling an offence anywhere in Westminster. Download a copy of the dog control order (PDF, 945KB)

Street gambling

The City of Westminster (Westminster and Golden Jubilee Bridges) PSPO makes it an offence to carry out street gambling, or to assist others to do so on and around Westminster and Golden Jubilee Bridges.  Download a copy of the street gambling order (PDF, 1.2MB)

Last updated: 3 December 2019