Spitting on the streets of Doncaster is set to be become illegal after the council won permission to change the law.
Government minsister have provisionally approved a new bylaw that would slap a fine of up to £500 on anyone caught in the act in the Yorkshire town.
Doncaster Council said the majority of residents had backed the move in a public consultation last summer.
The results of the survey were sent to Eric Pickles' Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the by-law application.
Doncaster's Mayor, Peter Davies, said: "I am delighted with this latest news. Spitting is a filthy habit and one that I want rid of from the streets of Doncaster.
"Doncaster will be one of the first councils in the country to have implemented a spitting byelaw.
"It sends out a strong message to the whole of the country that this type of anti-social behaviour is completely unacceptable and not welcome in our town."
Anyone caught spitting Doncaster could face prosecution in the magistrates court.
The by-law is expected to be rubber-stamped in the next few weeks.