Public space protection orders

Fixed Penalty Notices

We may issue you a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) – a type of fine – if you breach the restrictions of a public space protection order (PSPO).

Payment of the fine is a way for you to agree that an offence was committed without the need for us to take any further action against you. The alternative is a court case, which could recover the amount of the fine plus the costs of the case, making the matter more time-consuming and expensive for you.

You cannot appeal against a FPN – any appeal would be part of a court action – but you can make a representation to us, explaining why you don’t agree that you committed the offence.

Make a Fixed Penalty Notice representation

When we receive your representation, we will send you letters to:

  • acknowledge that we’ve received it
  • tell you the outcome once a decision has been made

If we agree with your representation:

  • you will not need to pay the fine
  • we will take no further action
  • you will receive no further letters about it from us

If we don’t agree with your representation you must pay the outstanding penalty amount within 7 days of the date of the letter.