In order to provide a safer and cleaner environment for residents and visitors and following consultation with the public and residents, we have introduced four Dog Control Orders which came into force on 24 May 2011. The orders, introduced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, have replaced the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and other bye-laws concerning dogs.
View the Areas and open spaces affected by Dog Control Orders
The four orders are:
1) Fouling of Land by Dogs or Failing to remove Dog Faeces
If a dog defecates at any time on the land and a person who is in charge of the dog at that time fails to immediately remove the faeces from the land, that person will be guilty of an offence. This means you must clean up after your dog, or a dog under your control, if the dog fouls in this area.
A person who has a disability and has a dog from Dog for the Disabled, Support Dogs or a Canine Partners for Independence and a person who is registered blind are exempt.
A person who is deaf is not exempt unless he has a dog from Dog for the Disabled, Support Dogs or a Canine Partners for Independence.
NB: Not being aware that your dog, or a dog under your control, has fouled the land or not having suitable means to remove the faeces are not reasonable excuses for failing to remove it.
2) Dogs on Leads Order
A person in charge of a dog will be guilty of an offence if he does not have his dog on a lead. This means that you must keep your dog, or a dog under your control, on a lead in this area.
No offence is committed where a person in charge of a dog(s) acts with the consent of the person or authority, who owns or is in control of the land, or has a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with a dog control order(s).
3) Dogs Exclusion Order
If an owner takes a dog into or permits a dog to enter or to remain in this area where dogs are excluded, he will be guilty of an offence. This means that you must not take a dog onto land or facilities where a dog exclusion zone operates.
A person who has a disability and has a dog from Dogs for the Disabled, Support Dogs or a Canine Partners for Independence or a Hearing Dog for Deaf People is exempt as is a registered blind person.
4) Maximum Number of Dogs
If a person, in charge of more than one dog, takes more than 4 (four) dogs onto land, he will be guilty of an offence. This means that you must not have more than four dogs under your control (at any one time) in areas where dogs are allowed.
The Fixed Penalty Notice for failing to comply with a dog control order(s) is £75. The fine will be reduced to £50 if payment is made within 14 days. If you fail to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice, you might be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.
For further information, please contact Leisure and Cultural Services