Alcohol consumption in designated public places

Drinking responsibly in the Isles of Scilly

The information below tells you what the Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) is and how it will affect you if drinking alcohol in public open air spaces in the Isles of Scilly.

What is a Designated Public Place Order?

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 brought in the power for councils to make it an offence to drink alcohol in public places after being asked not to do so by a Police Officer, a Police Community Support Officer or the Council’s Enforcement Officers.

This order is not a total ban on drinking alcohol in public places. It just makes it an offence to carry on drinking alcohol when asked to stop by a constable or authorised officer. This allows control to be exercised over those who by drinking on the street or in open air spaces are adversely affecting the enjoyment of that area by others.

Please see the downloadable documents below which list areas in St Mary’s, with a map, which show where DPPOs have been applied. 

How will a Designated Public Places Order help?

The DPPO has been imposed in order to:

  • Give a Police Officer, a Police Community Support Officer or the Council’s Enforcement Officers the power where there is repeat and persistent nuisance, clearly linked to the public drinking of alcohol.
  • Enable a Police Officer, a Police Community Support Officer or a Council Enforcement Officer to target people who cause a nuisance when they are moving between licensed premises
  • Cut down alcohol related disturbances in public
  • Allow use in specific areas and for specific periods of time enabling a Police Officer, a Police Community Support Officer or a Council Enforcement Officer to tackle any nuisance clearly linked to the public drinking of alcohol. There will be clear publicity and signage in these areas.

These reasons apply to the above:

  • Send a clear and consistent message that anti-social drinking is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the areas public places
  • Help make the area a place where visitors and users feel safe

Is it a ban on drinking alcohol in public?

No. A drinker's behaviour will be considered in any action by enforcement officers. It is not intended to stop an individual drinking sensibly, for example, if you are drinking alcohol with a picnic.