Harrogate Borough Council working with its partners has designated the Harrogate town centre as an area subject to a Public Spaces Protection Order.

A PSPO is a power contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and puts restrictions in place to deal with particular forms of nuisance or problems. This PSPO restricts the drinking of alcohol in order to prevent displays of anti-social behaviour.

It is an offence to continue to drink alcohol in this area when asked not to do so by a police officer, PCSO or any other authorised person.

It is also an offence to fail to surrender any alcohol, in an open or closed container, to a police officer, PCSO or any other authorised person when asked to do so.

It should be noted that a PSPO can't ban the drinking of alcohol in a public space the offence is failing to comply with an officer's request within the restricted area of the PSPO to stop drinking and/or surrender alcohol. This criminal offence can be dealt with by issuing a fixed penalty notice or a summons to court.

The penalties for this offence are as follows,

A fixed penalty up to £100 or a maximum fine of £500 on conviction.

The order does not include the following:

  • pubs, restaurants and off licenses do not form part of the PSPO
  • areas covered by a temporary event notice for alcohol sales or local authority premises license are only exempt from the PSPO whilst alcohol is being served and for 30 minutes afterwards

It does include:

  • Victoria Shopping Centre
  • Jubilee multi storey car park
  • Victoria multi storey car park
  • railway station concourse
  • bus station

Public Spaces Protection Order documents

The PSPO is agreed for three years and will be reviewed after that time to see if it has helped reduce anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking, if it needs amending or if it can be removed. To help with the review it would be very helpful if you could let us have your views about the PSPO and the effects it is having.


If you have received a Fixed Penalty Notice in relation to the PSPO you have the opportunity to discharge any liability to prosecution for the offence by payment, as detailed on your issued notice.

Paying a PSPO

Further general information about Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Page last updated 10/09/2018