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Report dog fouling

If you witness dog fouling, dog mess, someone not picking up dog poo on public land, you can report the incident using the online form. 

If you can identify the perpetrator, you may also want to consider providing a formal witness statement which may allow us to take further action.

Voluntary opportunities

If you would like to become an authorised officer to take direct action in your area, call 01664 502502 to discuss what would be required. People living in the vicinity can often be the 'eyes and ears' of the Council at times of the day when Officers are not available.

Dog fouling and public space protection orders

Promoting responsible dog ownership

We consulted on a Public space protection order (PSPO) to promote responsible dog ownership. The PSPO was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 30 October 2019.

The PSPO includes the following measures.

  • Prevention of fouling on public land. This allows the Fixed Penalty Notice for dog fouling to be increased from £75 to £100
  • Dogs to be excluded from enclosed children’s play areas.
  • Requiring people to have dog bags or the means to pick up after their dog.
  • Require people to put dogs that are causing a nuisance or are out of control on a lead when requested by an authorised officer

Any person, unless they have a registered assistance dog, which breaches the PSPO’s maybe issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. This can also be dealt with in the Magistrates court, with a maximum fine of £1000.

Find out more about public space protection orders

Last updated 17 August 2021
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