Anti-social behaviour

Protecting public spaces

We can tackle anti-social behaviour in public spaces under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Where it is more relevant, we can also use informal processes.

We use both formal and informal processes to tackle anti-social behaviour, but only use our legal powers as a last resort.

Public space protection orders

We can use a public space protection order (PSPO) to look after public spaces where anti-social behaviour is a problem.

Using a PSPO, we can introduce conditions that all people using an area must follow.

If someone using the space is guilty of anti-social behaviour, they will first get a written warning.

If their anti-social behaviour continues, they will be made to pay a fixed penalty fine of up to £100.

If this still does not stop the problem, repeat offenders can face a fine of up to £1,000 (or £500 for street drinking).

PSPOs last for 3 years, but we can extend them if we think it's necessary.

When a PSPO is active, we can make changes if we need to. This can include:

  • increasing or decreasing the size of the area covered by the PSPO
  • adding or removing conditions that users of the area must follow

We can also cancel a PSPO if we think it is no longer needed.

Public space protection orders (PSPOs) in Buckinghamshire

Click the headings to find out more about active and expired PSPOs across the county:

This page includes third-party documents and documents published before 23 September 2018. Some of these documents may not be accessible. 

For more information, or to request an accessible version of any document, please email [email protected].

Contact the community safety team

If you have a question about protecting public spaces from anti-social behaviour that is not answered on this page, you can email us at [email protected].