Community Protection Notices

Community protection notices (CPNs) are designed to stop a person aged 16 or over, business or organisation committing antisocial behaviour (ASB) which spoils the community's quality of life.

They can cover a wider range of behaviour (e.g. litter or graffiti). Noise disturbance can be included, particularly if it is happening with other anti-social behaviour.

A CPN can be issued by council officers, police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) or social landlords, if designated by the council.

Grounds for issuing a CPN include instances in which an individual's behaviour:

  • has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • is unreasonable and
  • is of a persistent nature.

Before a CPN can be issued, the person, business or organisation suspected of causing the problem must be given a written warning stating that a community protection notice will be issued unless their conduct changes and ceases to have a detrimental effect on the community. The warning must also detail that a breach of a CPN is a criminal offence.

Failure to comply with the warning can lead to the issue of a CPN.

The notice will list the following requirements:

  • to stop doing something specified and/or to do some specified action
  • to take reasonable steps to achieve a specified result - this will be aimed at either preventing the effect of the unacceptable conduct continuing, or preventing the likelihood of it recurring.

If the recipient of a CPN fails to comply with the requirements, the council: may take action to ensure that the failure is remedied; a fixed penalty notice may be issued; or may lead to a fine if convicted at court.