As the local authority, we have powers to designate places where restrictions on public drinking apply. The areas are referred to as designated public place orders (DPPOs), but you may also hear them called 'alcohol free zones'.

DPPO locations

Powers available to the police in a DPPO area

If the police or accredited community safety officers believe someone is consuming alcohol or intends to consume alcohol in a DPPO area, they can:

  • require them to stop 
  • confiscate alcohol from people whether the drinking vessel is unopened or not

If someone, without a reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer's request, they are committing an offence and further action can be taken. this can be:

  • a penalty notice for disorder of £50
  • arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine (currently a maximum of £500)
  • bail conditions can be used to stop the individual from drinking in public

The powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities, for example families having a picnic in a park or on the beach with a glass of wine. While police officers have the discretion to require an individual to refrain from drinking regardless of behaviour, guidance suggests that it is not appropriate to challenge an individual consuming alcohol where that individual is not causing a problem.