Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is an order that identifies the public place and prohibits specified things being done in the restricted area and/or requires specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that area.

Pigeons in Waterlooville

Following on from a public consultation Havant Borough Council has approved a public space protection order (PSPO) to prohibit the feeding of pigeons in Waterlooville precinct.  

The PSPO came into force in April 2018 and made it an offence for a person to feed pigeons within the designated area.

Full details and areas covered by the PSPO are included in the following document:

Dogs in Havant

Following on from a public consultation, supported by The Kennel Club and The Dogs Trust, Havant Borough Council has approved a public space protection order (PSPO) to update all of the existing dog byelaws into a single order.

Previous byelaws had differing levels of fines and didn’t include a power to issue fixed penalty notices.

The PSPO was mostly ‘new for old’ and dog owners in the borough are still required to clean up after their dogs wherever they are.

The seasonal Hayling Island beach restrictions are still in place as is the requirement for dogs not to be taken into enclosed children’s play areas.

The new PSPO also makes it an offence not to put a dog on a lead when ordered to by a Police Officer or an officer authorised by the council for that purpose. 

Dogs in Havant - FAQs


Why are you insisting we keep our dogs on a lead in seven parks?

We aren’t - the PSPO would only be within the boundaries of children's play areas in specific parks, not the entire area.

Due to complaints of fouling we are asking that dogs are kept on a lead of no more than two metres in length within specified equipped play areas. Havant Borough Council has stewardship of over 500 hectares of open space, not including land belonging to Hampshire County Council or Staunton Country Park.

All together, dogs would be required to be kept on a lead in around a quarter of one hectare of that open space.

You are banning dogs from the beach at Hayling, that isn’t fair

Dogs are banned seasonally (1st May to 30th September) from the ‘Blue Flag beach’ on Hayling Island which equates to (roughly) a quarter of the accessible beach.

Why now?

The Hayling Beach dog controls have been in place and enforced since 1990, they are not new and do make us a recognised tourist destination.

To keep the environmental accolade of the Blue Flag in our borough we must work hard to ensure standards on the beach are upheld; this includes monitoring litter and, at times, limiting dogs’ use of the space.

I always clean up after my dog, is that changing?

Dog owners would still be required to clean up after their dog(s) in any place within the borough that is open to the air; including woodland.

What if an owner doesn’t see that their dog is doing its business?

Dog owners that are registered blind are exempt from fines. Other than this, not being aware that a dog is fouling is no excuse and offenders will be given a fixed penalty notice when caught.

Your dog is your responsibility and you should be watching what it is up to at all times.

How much does the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) cost?

Fixed Penalty Notices issued will cost you a fine of £80 for littering, dog fouling and breach of a Public Space Protection Order.

However if you do not pay this you could end up in court and be faced with criminal conviction and a larger fine.

Who enforces the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?

Officers authorised by Havant Borough Council; these are either council enforcement officers or suitably qualified contractor staff, sometimes these officers will be in uniform.

Officers will always identify themselves and will be carrying identification. They can issue Fixed Penalty Notices but will not ask for payment or be able to accept payment.