Anti-social behaviour continues to be a serious problem in residential areas, and the Government has acknowledged the need to give the police and local authorities more powers to tackle this problem. Powers to close premises associated with persistent anti-social behaviour were introduced on 1 December 2008 under section 118 Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (CJIA 2008). This was brought into force by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (Commencement No. 4 and Saving Provision) Order 2008.

Section 118 CJIA 2008 amends the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (ASBA 2003) to allow magistrates to make orders for the closure of any premises associated with "significant and persistent disorder" or "persistent serious nuisance" for a maximum of six months.

For detailed guidance on closure orders, see the Home Office guidance on closure orders for premises associated with persistent disorder or nuisance (November 2008).