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.

Public Space Protection Order 2024 review

A number of Newark and Sherwood’s Public Space Protection Orders will come to an end in 2024 and as such, a review of the PSPOs and the related information is being undertaken, and the Council is reaching out to residents, businesses, partner agencies and wider groups to hear their thoughts. 

We received over 400 responses during the first stage of the consultation during March and we've analysed all the comments and feedback we received to help shape the second stage of the consultation which is now open.
To have your say on the second stage of the PSPO review you can fill out the survey online.
The survey is open to responses from Monday 13 May to Sunday 9 June 2024


Anti-social behaviour Orders

Balderton Lakes (PDF File, 1,943kb)

Coronation Park Balderton (PDF File, 1,944kb)

Lakeside Shopping Centre Balderton (PDF File, 2,165kb)

Newark Town Centre (PDF File, 2,705kb)

Alcohol control Orders

Newark Town Centre - Alcohol related controls (PDF File, 738kb)

Newark Town Centre - alcohol related controls map (PDF File, 1,827kb)

Fire related nuisance control Orders

Vicar Water Country Park (PDF File, 767kb)

Dog Control

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.

The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Newark and Sherwood District) Order 2010 (PDF File, 189kb)

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Newark and Sherwood District) Order 2010 (PDF File, 200kb)

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.


Byelaws are local rules often affecting activities such as littering, ball games in parks and dog fouling. 

More information about byelaws in Newark and Sherwood is available on our website.