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Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

There is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place across the Horsham District. The Order came into effect in April 2018 and lasts for three years, ending on 31 March 2021.

You may see PSPO signs when you are out and about. Even if you do not see a sign, the Order is still in place.

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order for?

Public Spaces Protection Orders are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community's qualify of life. The Order imposes conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

The four conditions in force across the whole of Horsham District are:

  • Clean up dog fouling.
  • Keep dogs under control.
  • No anti-social use of vehicles.
  • No nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol.
  • No racing of, conducting time trials with, or exercising of a horse and horse-drawn vehicle on any dual carriageway

In Horsham town centre an additional condition is:

  • No unauthorised access or nuisance behaviour on buildings or street furniture.

What is the penalty for breaking a PSPO?

Failure to comply with the Public Spaces Protection Order is a criminal offence. Offences carry a maximum penalty upon conviction of a fine (Level 3) of up to £1,000. Offences may also be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice.

What do the PSPO signs look like?

The PSPO sign that applies across Horsham District

Horsham District sign

The PSPO in Horsham District states: Clean up dog fouling; Keep dogs under control; No anti-social use of vehicles; No nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol.

A map of Horsham town centre detailing the PSPO rules

Horsham Town Centre sign

The additional condition in Horsham town centre states: No unauthorised access or nuisance behaviour on buildings or street furniture.

No horse racing or exercising on dual carriageways

No racing of or exercising horses sign

No racing of, conducting time trials with, or exercising of a horse (including pony, ass or mule) and horse-drawn vehicle on any dual carriageway road within the Horsham District.

View the signed PSPO