Designated Public Place Order (DPPO)

Following public consultation, Bracknell Town Centre became subject to a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) in 2012.

What is a DPPO?

A DPPO gives the Police and Police Community Safety Officers (PCSOs) extra powers to help them crack down on drinkers who disturb and intimidate other residents through their anti social behaviour. The order does not ban drinking in public places, but enables Police Officers to ask people to stop drinking where they have reason to believe that alcohol-related nuisance and annoyance is likely to occur. The Police can also confiscate alcohol.

These powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities. They are only used to tackle nuisance or annoyance associated with drinking alcohol in a public place.

It is not a criminal offence to drink alcohol within this designated area. An offence is only committed if a person refuses to obey a Police Officer’s request to stop drinking.


Penalty Notice - £50 fine.

Arrest and prosecution – fined up to £500.


The zone covers Bracknell Town Centre as outlined below:

  • Downshire Way (incorporating Arlington Square)
  • A329
  • Church Road
  • the railway line

Roads included within boundaries:

  • Skimped Hill
  • Bond Way
  • The Ring
  • High Street
  • Market Street
  • Station Road
  • pedestrianised areas of the town centre

For further information please contact the Community Safety Team.

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