Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

Harrow’s Public Spaces Protection Orders have been refreshed

After consultation, the London Borough of Harrow has refreshed the PSPOs. Its focus is to tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour in parks, town centres and housing estates. Harrow’s Cabinet approved an updated plan to tackle anti-social behaviour and restore pride in Harrow. 

More than 500 responses

More than 500 responses were received to our consultation, including comments from 20 community groups.  Having taken the responses in to account we will be finalising and publicising the orders in coming weeks commencing a programme of education on the updated rules ready for the Orders come into force in 2024. 


  • Pinner Memorial Park will be the first to have a dedicated bird feeding area 
  • Changes will be made to dog controls
  • We will clamp down on nuisance parking and vehicles on roads & paths

For more details on the changes to the PSPO please return to this page as we will be adding information shortly

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to deal with anti-social behaviour and nuisance or other concerns which are considered detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

PSPOs operate by imposing conditions on the use of an area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces without experiencing anti-social behaviour. 

How the PSPO works

Breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence and if witnessed will result in either:

There are no discounted charges.

Borough-wide PSPO

  • Dog fouling in public spaces
  • Failure to have means to pick up after your dog in public
  • Smoking in children’s play areas
  • Driving over verges, footways and kerbs
  • Urinating, defecating, street drinking and spitting in public spaces.

View more information about our borough-wide PSPO

Harrow Town Centre PSPO

  • Use of amplifiers without authorisation
  • Financial Agreements on the Street unless in < 2 meters of a permitted stand
  • Placing of tables, stands, or other furniture or fixings without consent
  • Feeding of birds and vermin anywhere in the zone
  • Distribution of leaflets without permission or exempt for political religious or charitable purposes
  • Illegal street trading (sales of any goods without a licence or permission)
  • Obstruction of authorised officers

View more information about our Harrow town centre PSPO

Proposed PSPO

  • Parks and Cemeteries

PSPO enforcement

The Council works in partnership with the police and partners to ensure the effective enforcement of the order.

Officers able to enforce PSPOs include Council Officers and officers of Kingdom LA support (with delegated enforcement powers), Police Officers and PCSOs.

Paying a Fixed Penalty Notice

Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) can be issued for various reasons by either Council Enforcement Officers or by our approved third party for such offences.