Consultation on a proposed public spaces protection order for parts of Liverpool city centre

Consultation on a proposed public spaces protection order for parts of Liverpool city centre

Start date: 3rd October 2019
End date: 1st November 2019

We are considering making a public spaces protection order (PSPO)  that will cover parts of the city centre area of Liverpool. The order would ban people from: 

  • offering any items, materials or services to the public with a view to obtaining money
  • engaging in any street performance or display with a view to obtaining money  

People exempted would be buskers, licensed charity collectors and taxi drivers.

The ban would also mean that anyone offering any item or carrying out any performance or display that is aimed at attracting children would have to have permission to do this from the council who could, before granting this permission, ask for certain documentation such as a disclosure and barring service certificate.

Any person contravening the order would be committing an offence punishable by a fine.

The order is being proposed because the council considers that the activities concerned may have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people using this area of the city centre and upon the well-being of children.

Documents we are consulting on

How to respond

We'd like to hear whether or not you think the order should be made. Please send your written comments to Michael Edgar, Legal Services, Liverpool City Council, 5th Floor, Cunard Buildings, Water Street, Liverpool L3 1AH, or email them to by 1st November 2019.

Want to know more?

For further information call Michael Edgar on 0151 233 0471 or email

What happens next?

The results of the consultation will be reported to the council’s Highways and Public Spaces Representation Committee which will decide whether to proceed with the proposed order. If implemented the order will be the subject of further publicity.

What happens to my views?

The names and addresses of respondents will be kept confidential. Any responses will be reported to the committee anonymously.