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Community Protection Notices - CPNs

The power to issue CPNs was given to District Councils by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Before issuing a CPN can be issued, a written warning must be issued to the person committing anti-social behaviour making it clear that if they do not stop the anti-social behaviour then they could be issued with a CPN.

What is a CPN?

A CPN can be issued by the District Council if it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the conduct of the individual, business or organisation:

  • is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
  • is persistent or continuing in nature; and
  • is unreasonable.

A CPN can be issued against any person aged 16 or over or a body, including a business. It can include any or all of the following:

  • A requirement to stop doing specified things;
  • A requirement to do specified things;
  • A requirement to take reasonable steps to achieve specified results

Failure to comply with a CPN is an offence. A person guilty of an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (currently £2,500) in the case of an individual or £20,000 for businesses.