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Public Spaces Protection Order

What is a Public Space Protection Order?


Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.  PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area. 

With effect from 20 October 2020, the Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) became a Public Space Protection Order.  This is in place in the Dover District as a tool to deal with alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the 20 October 2020. 

This order means:

If you refuse to stop drinking alcohol or to hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol when required to do so by an authorised officer or Police Officer you will be committing an offence.

This order shall not apply to

  • (a) premises authorised by a premises licence to be used for the supply of alcohol
  • (b) premises authorised by a club premises certificate to be used by the club for the supply of alcohol
  • (c) a place within the curtilage of premises within paragraph (a) or (b)
  • (d) premises which by virtue of Part 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 may at the relevant time be used for the supply of alcohol or which, by virtue of that Part, could have been so used within the 30 minutes before that time
  • (e) a place where facilities or activities relating to the sale or consumption of alcohol are at the relevant time permitted by virtue of a permission granted under section 115E of the Highways Act 1980 (highway-related uses)

Penalty on breach of an order

Any person guilty of breaching an order will be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Depending on the behaviour in question, an authorised officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of £75 would be the most appropriate sanction.

PSPOs may be enforced by Police Officers, PCSOs or any officers designated by Dover District Council.

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