Tackling anti-social behaviour in Camden - take part in our consultation on public urination

Tackling anti-social behavior is a priority for Camden Council and we share the concerns of our residents about the impact it has on communities.

We are committed to finding new ways to combat this and are asking residents and businesses for their views on introducing new legal controls in Camden to tackle some of the issues, starting with public urination.

Last year the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was passed. This made significant changes to the controls available to local authorities, the police and partners in tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The Act introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs allow local authorities to design and introduce new legislation and penalties to tackle a wide range of anti-social behaviours.

The Council is aware of community concerns around public urination in Camden. These are often, but not exclusively, associated with areas where there are a high number of licensed premises.

The Council is considering the introduction of PSPOs in Camden to tackle this problem. Under any new order, police and accredited council officers would be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100, or prosecute those caught urinating or defecating in public.

Cllr Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“We are very concerned about the impacts of anti-social behavior such as public urination and understand the problems it causes for communities. Having a PSPO would give us extra powers to tackle problems like this.

“We are about to consult on the use of PSPOs to tackle public urination. We are also considering the use of PSPOs on a range of other issues across the borough including public drinking, nuisance caused by pedi-cab drivers and legal highs such as the mis-use of Nitrous Oxide. We hope to adopt these as soon as we can.”

The public consultation will run from Wednesday 26 August until Sunday 27 September and can be completed online as a survey at or voXup at