Dog control

Public space protection orders have replaced dog control orders.

If you are in charge of a dog, the orders require, at minimum, that you must:

  • keep your dog(s) under close control at all times
  • carry a poo bag
  • bag it and bin it
  • keep your dog(s) out of all children’s play areas

Find out more in our dog ownership guide

There are also orders for specific locations which set out certain rules if you are in charge of a dog. For example, you must

  • not allow your dog(s) to go on land that they are banned from
  • keep your dog(s) on a lead in set areas

Anyone who fails to comply, without reasonable excuse, is in breach unless specific exemptions apply within the order.

Report a dog related issue

If you see a dog in a controlled area, breaching a public space protection order, you can report it to us online.