Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

Draft Waterways PSPO for Consultation

On 17 March 2016, Oxford City Council’s City Executive Board resolved to consult on a draft Waterways PSPO for the waterways of Oxford. 

Full details can be found on our Draft Waterways PSPO for Consultation pages

Current Orders 

City Centre 

On 15 October 2015, Oxford City Council’s Executive Board approved a City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order. For the committee papers, visit our City Executive Board - 15 October 2015 pages.

The order is live from the 1 February 2016 for a maximum of three years.  It can be amended, extended or removed at any time during that period.  

Foresters Tower 

The order prevents young people under the age of 21, who are not legal residents, from entering the tower block unless visiting a resident.

The order can be downloaded below:

Foresters Towers Public Spaces Protection Order 

Draft Orders

Draft Waterways Public Spaces Protection Order

On March 17 2016 our City Executive Board resolved to consult on a draft Waterways Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the waterways of Oxford. The purpose of the Order is to restrict behaviours in an area that are considered detrimental to the quality of life of people with the area.

More information on the draft order can be found here:

Draft Waterways Public Spaces Protection Order

Penalty for breaches of Orders

It is an offence for a person, without reasonable excuse, to:

  • Do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a PSPO (other than consume alcohol - see below); or
  • Fail to comply with a requirement to which the person is subject under a PSPO.

A person guilty of an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. This is also liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale. If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.

Depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice (FPN) would be the most appropriate sanction. This can be issued by a police officer, Community Response Officer, or other person designated by us.

If the fixed penalty notice is paid within its required timescale no further action will be taken. Failure to pay within this time may result in a prosecution for the breach of the order.

For more information, you can contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Service.