Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) and Gating Orders

Gating orders

Gating orders restrict public access to help deal with crime and anti-social behaviour.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) replaced Gating Orders when the law changed in 2014.

Any Gating Order currently in force will continue to be valid until 19 October 2017. It will then be treated as a PSPO.

Completed Gating Orders

Brunswick Row Gating Order 2007 (PDF 2.47MB)

Farman_Street_Gating_Order_Sealed (PDF 235KB) 

For more information on Gating Orders please contact the Environment Improvement Team on 01273 293925 or email

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)

A PSPO can impose conditions or restrictions on people using an area, such as alcohol bans or putting up gates.

Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence and can be punished by a fixed penalty notice or prosecution.

PSPO can last for a maximum of three years.

The council can make a PSPO if it believes there are activities in an area which are detrimental to the local community’s life and that the negative impact is so much that it makes the restrictions reasonable. The PSPO will specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

Following consultation in 2016, PSPOs have been introduced in 12 parks and open spaces, including the seafront.