Alcohol Designation Orders
Under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, local authorities can designate public places to be covered by Alcohol Designation Orders where they believe nuisance or disorder has been associated with the consumption of alcohol.
The effect of the Order
Under Alcohol Designation Orders:
police have powers to deal with anti-social drinking in areas that have been designated for this purpose by the relevant authority under section 13 of the Act
police (and other accredited persons under sections 41 and 42 and schedule 5 to the Police Reform Act) have the power to require a person in the area not to drink alcohol where an officer reasonably believes that the person has, or intends to do so
an officer has the power to ask that person to surrender the alcohol and any opened or sealed containers in their possession
It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a designated public place, but failure to comply with an officer’s requirements in respect of public drinking or the surrender of alcohol without reasonable excuse is an arrestable offence
Penalties for this offence include:
- Penalty Notice for Disorder £50
- arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine, maximum of £500
Bail conditions can be used to stop the individual from drinking in the public place pending prosecution for the offence.
The areas covered by the Order are marked with signs at the boundary of the order.