Public Spaces Protection Order to support responsible street entertaining, busking and amplified public speaking in public spaces.
In response to feedback from local residents, we've extended a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle noise nuisance from amplified music and public speaking in Hammersmith Town Centre.
The new PSPO will cover the area outlined on the attached map and comes into force from 01 August until 22 June 2025.
Map of area covered by the PSPO
What are the restrictions?
From 01 August 2022, you are prohibited from using:
- microphones, loudspeakers, megaphones, loud hailers or any other similar equipment designed to amplify the volume of speech or music, 24 hours a day
- mains electricity or generator power for the purposes of amplification.
Exemptions apply to:
- authorised H&F Council events and activities
- premises or vehicles where these activities are permitted under their licence conditions.
Why are these restrictions necessary?
The restrictions are designed to ensure that all H&F residents and visitors can enjoy our public spaces.
We consulted widely on this issue over Spring 2022 and the overwhelming response showed support for the renewal of the PSPO to address the issue of noise nuisance across Hammersmith Town Centre more efficiently.
What happens if you fail to comply with this order?
A Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer, Law Enforcement Officer or other authorised person may issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone he or she believes has committed an offence. You will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100 (£60 if paid within 10 days).
To report PSPO breaches contact:
- Law Enforcement Team
- 020 8753 1100 and select option 3 (this phone number is not a dedicated number solely for PSPO breaches)
For further information:
- Noise and nuisance
- 020 8753 1081
View the full order
View a copy of the signed order: Hammersmith Town Centre PSPO (pdf 508KB)
We are aware that this pdf cannot be fully accessed by screen readers. We have also published the content of the order in the accordian below. Please contact us if you need any further help with this document.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Section 59 Public Spaces Protection Order
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham hereby makes the following Order:
No person shall partake in amplified street entertaining/busking/public speaking in the areas of Hammersmith Town Centre as shown outlined on the attached map in accordance with the restrictions below, as defined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
This Order comes into force on 01 August 2022 and expires on 22 June 2025.
THIS ORDER is made by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (in this order called “the Authority”) because The Authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that activities (namely the use of microphones/loudspeakers/megaphones/loud hailers and similar equipment designed to amplify the volume of speech or music) carried out or likely to be carried out in a public space, namely Hammersmith Town Centre, shown outlined in red on the attached map:
- Have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
- Are or are likely to be unreasonable and
- Justify the restrictions imposed
The council is satisfied that the following activities have been or are likely to be carried out in the public space:
USE OF AMPLIFIERS
- You are prohibited from using microphones/loudspeakers/megaphones/loud hailers or any other similar equipment designed to amplify the volume of speech or music, 24 hours a day.
- You are prohibited from using mains electricity or generator power for the purposes of amplification.
- Exemptions apply to:
- Authorised council events and activities
- Premises or vehicles where these activities are permitted under their licence conditions
This order will come into force 01 August 2022 and expires on 22 June 2025.
2. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THIS ORDER?
It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse:
(a) To do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a public space protection order;
(b) To fail to comply with a requirement to which the person is subject under a public space protection order.
A person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
A Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer, Law Enforcement Officer or other authorised person may issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone he or she believes has committed an offence. You will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100 (£60 if paid within 10 days). If you pay the fixed penalty within the 14 days you will not be prosecuted.
Any challenge to this order must be made in the High Court by an interested person within six (6) weeks of it being made. An interested person is someone who lives in, or regularly works in or visits the restricted area. This means that only those who are directly affected by the restrictions have the power to challenge. The right to challenge also exists where an order is varied by the council.
This order shall remain in place until 22 June 2025.
……………………………………………………………….. NEIL THURLOW, Assistant Director of Community Safety, Resilience and CCTV
…………………………………………………………………. OWAIN RICHARDS, Detective Chief Superintendent, METROPOLITAN POLICE