Public space protection orders
Public space protection orders have replaced dog control orders.
If you are in charge of a dog the orders require, as a 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 children’s play areas
More information about owning a dog can be found in our useful guide:
Earlier this year, we prosecuted an owner for failing to clear up after his dog – he was fined over £4,000:
There are also orders for specific locations which set out certain rules if you are in charge of a dog:
- You must not allow your dog(s) to go on land that they are banned from.
- You must 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.
If you see a dog in a controlled area, breaching a public space protection order, you can report it to us online.report a dog issue
Stray or lost dogs
For information about stray or lost dogs, go to our stray or lost dogs page: