We promote responsible dog ownership, alongside the police, the Dogs Trust, the RSPCA, and other organisations and encourage dog owners and walkers to follow: 

Please help us tackle dog related issues in green spaces and countryside sites.

Dangerous dogs

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere in a public place or on private property. Dangerous dogs, including biting and banned breeds, should be reported directly to the police:

Dogs out of control in public places

Use one of our forms to report out of control dog:. 

Dangerous dogs should be reported to the police: report a dangerous dog.

Dog fouling in public places

It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to clean up after their pet in a public place. It can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 and court costs up to £1,000, if unpaid.

How to report dog fouling

Use our online form to:

What we will do about out of control dogs and dog fouling

We will use the reported data to take the necessary enforcement steps or apply for Public Spaces Protection Orders in areas where the disturbance is:

  • persistent 
  • continuing in nature
  • is, or is likely to be, unreasonable
  • justifies the restrictions being imposed 


It’s normal and natural for dogs to bark. But when barking happens a lot or for a long time, it can be annoying and upsetting for neighbours. There might be reasons for dogs barking too much. Check the Government guidance on dog barking.

In the first instance, we encourage you to discuss the issue with the owners. If this fails, you can report it to us.  

Lost and stray dogs

To report lost and stray dogs, contract our contractors SDK Environmental Ltd on 03444 828300. To report a confined stray dog, call 03444 828320.

To see if  SDK have collected your dog, visit their SDK - Lost dogs, select 'Elmbridge' as your council area and call 03444 828300 to claim your dog.

Fees charged to customers (including VAT)

Direct return to owner fees: 

  • Collected statutory fee of £25
  • Collection fee £15

 Where dogs are taken to kennels fees:

  • Collected statutory fee of £25
  • Collection fee £75
  • Kennel fee (per day) £30
  • Return to owner fee (where relevant £35) 

Road accidents involving dogs

These should be reported online to the police within 24 hours or at the nearest police station.

Pet-ID or microchip

Since 6 April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped

Dog welfare and licensing

Visit dog welfare and licensing for information on:

  • Animal welfare licensing laws
  • Animal welfare licensing register in Elmbridge 
  • Guidance for breeding dogs, selling dogs as pet, boarding dogs in kennels or at home and dog day care
  • Fees for licensed activities involving dogs

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