Public space protection orders
Public space protection orders exist to promote responsible actions and restrict behaviour that is anti-social in our parks and other open spaces.
Any behaviour can be restricted on any land, which is publicly accessible with or without payment. PSPOs should be proportionate and aimed at addressing a specific problem behaviour in an area.
There are a number of public space protection orders (PSPO) in operation across our District. You’ll find maps detailing each one further down this page.
Most orders are concerned with where you cannot walk your dog and where dogs must be kept on a lead.
Anti-social behaviour Orders
Alcohol control Orders
Fire related nuisance control Orders
Dog Control Orders
The power to introduce PSPOs was introduced by the anti social behaviour crime and policing act 2014. The legislation also states that all existing dog control orders will automatically convert to PSPOs on the 1st October 2017. The guidance also required that the dog control orders should be reviewed at this point. Consultation was carried out in Newark and Sherwood in 2017 and a revised scheme of PSPOs were approved in March 2018.
Exemptions for assistance dogs
There is no overarching statutory definition of an assistance dog, however, for the purpose of the PSPOs, there are certain exemptions for owners who:
- are registered as a blind person
- is deaf and relies on a dog trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
- have a disability affecting their mobility, manual dexterity or ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects, and rely upon an accredited assistance dog trained by accredited members of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) or the International Guide Dog Federation
The PSPO will also not apply if:
- the dog is working at the time of the incident in its role as an assistance dog with the person registered to require it
- a disability is such that it prevents the person in control of an assistance dog from reasonably observing the PSPO
Exemptions for working dogs
You’ll be exempt if you have a working dog on land to which the PSPO applies while the dog is working.
This includes dogs that are being used for work in connection with emergency search and rescue, herding or shepherding animals, law enforcement and the work of the armed forces.