Public Space Protection Orders

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) cover a range of issues.

Dog fouling

This PSPO covers the whole of Sandwell and requires a person in charge of a dog to pick up the dog's mess.

If the person fails to comply with the PSPO, they face a £100 fixed penalty or prosecution with a maximum penalty of £1,000.

Alcohol

This PSPO covers the whole of Sandwell and enables council environmental protection officers and police who are concerned about anti-social behaviour, to:

  • require a person not to drink alcohol (or what is believed to be alcohol) in a public place
  • require a person to surrender the alcohol (or what is believed to be alcohol)

If the person fails to comply with the PSPO, they face a fixed penalty or prosecution with a maximum penalty of £500.

West Bromwich Town Centre

A three-year PSPO, starting 1 August 2018, covers West Bromwich Town Centre, helping the police and council prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour.

This PSPO, which follows concerns raised by local people and businesses, received strong support in a public consultation in spring 2018.

You can view a map of the area in which the following activities are prohibited:

  • Acting or inciting others to act in a manner that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment alarm or distress to any person.
  • Threatening any person with violence and/or being verbally abusive towards any person.
  • Begging or asking members of the public for money or loitering for the purpose of begging or asking members of the public for money.
  • Causing a motor vehicle or trailer to stand on a road and/or footpath so as to cause any unnecessary obstruction of the road and/or footpath.

Authorised council officers (e.g. environmental protection officers), police and police community support officers can enforce the PSPO.

People breaching the PSPO face a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution.

Gating orders

As of 20 October 2017, existing gating orders became PSPOs.

More information on these orders