Anti-Social Behaviour

Consultation opened on 28 November 2023. Closing date 04 March 2024.


The Department of Justice, together with the Department for Communities, is consulting on proposals to amend the legislation to help tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB).
Addressing the issue of ASB is a priority for both Departments. A commitment to review ASB legislation was included in the draft Programme for Government 2016-21, and this work remains ongoing.


Consultation description

The consultation is seeking views on four pieces of legislation, policy responsibility for which falls across both departments, with a view to ensuring relevant authorities have effective and proportionate powers to help address ASB and its effects within our communities. The proposals relate to:

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs);
  • Drinking in Public;
  • Injunctions Against Anti-Social Behaviour; and
  • Absolute Grounds for Possession.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of stakeholders on the proposed amendments to ensure that powers available to relevant authorities (Councils, Police and Social Housing providers) are proportionate, effective and will have an appropriate impact on addressing ASB and its effects within our communities.

We would welcome your comments on these proposals.

Responding to the Consultation

Responses to the consultation can be submitted by email

Or hard copy to

Community Safety Partnership Branch

Room A4.03

Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate



or via Consultation – Anti-Social Behaviour - Citizen Space

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