Environment Officers

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

The consultation is now closed, we cannot accept any more responses.

The Isle of Wight Council would like to thank all those that took the time to respond to our survey. We received almost 1300 responses and are now reviewing the information provided. All the findings from this consultation will be presented to cabinet members to discuss decisions going forward, a full report will be available in due course.  

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is legislation that allows a local authority (Isle of Wight Council) to address a particular nuisance or problem that may occur in a particular area. The PSPO works by imposing conditions on the use of that area, that apply to everyone.

PSPOs are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour.

The Isle of Wight Council's Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), include the controls that were previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs), Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) and other measures to control antisocial behaviour.

We are turning these previous orders into a single set of PSPOs. The council is considering some small amendments to the previous orders.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) included in the consultation:

Alcohol consumption in a public place

View the proposed new PSPO alcohol control zones maps (PDF, 11MB, 6 pages).

Listed below are the current arrangements for the following areas: 


Responsible dog ownership

The proposed PSPOs will migrate the current Dog Control Orders (DCOs):



The current proposal is to migrate the Dog Control Orders (DCOs) - which permit dogs to use beaches during the winter into the new PSPO. This proposal would continue to exclude dogs from beaches between 1 May - 30 September each year. 

No new proposals or zones are proposed. Maps relating to Dog Exclusion Beaches - 1st May – 30th Sept only (PDF, 4.11MB, 11 pages) 



Due to the nature of these locations, a new proposal is for dogs to remain on leads at all times while visiting the cemeteries under Isle of Wight Council control. Please view Maps relating to Dogs on Leads Cemeteries.  (PDF, 19MB, 12 pages)        


 Fenced children's play areas

The Isle of Wight Council welcomes dogs and responsible dog owners into our parks and open spaces.

The new proposals, with the aim of protecting the health and wellbeing of people using fenced play areas, is to restrict access of dogs in fenced children's play areas. Maps relating to Dog Exclusion zones fenced children’s playgrounds (PDF, 7.85MB, 24 pages). 


Rights of Way and Public Highway

The Isle of Wight Council proposes to move the existing dog control order (DCO) relating to dogs being on leads on a public highway over to the new PSPO.  The existing dog control order requires a person in charge of a dog to keep that dog on a lead at all time whilst on a length of road including adjacent pavements and verges. Land owners of some of our public rights of way have also requested that dogs are kept on leads to help protect livestock.

Please view the following mapped areas.


Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), not included in the consultation and the reasons why

Horses on beaches were not part of the PSPO’s. Owners are requested to follow the current beach access guidance .

Nothing in the proposed or existing orders applies to a person who:

(a) Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under Section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948;


(b) Has a disability which affects their mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which they rely for assistance.