Multiple dog walking licences

About the multiple dog walking licence

Summary of requirements

The Maximum Number of Dogs in Grounds bye-law, and associated Dog Control Orders, control the number of dogs that can be walked by an individual in parks and open spaces in Wandsworth and on the public spaces.

Where the bye-law is in place (see the list of open spaces covered), a licence is required for an individual to walk more than four dogs at any one time up to a maximum of six dogs.

In the majority of other parks and open spaces and on the public highway, the number of dogs that can be walked by an individual is limited to a maximum of four.

There is a limit of 50 licences issued and if this number is reached the application will be placed on the waiting list, as stated in Committee paper 05-935


The Maximum Number of Dogs in Grounds bye-law was made under the following legislation:

  • Public Health Act 1875
  • Open Spaces Act 1906
  • Metropolitan Commons Supplemental Act 1873
  • Local Government Act 1972

The Dog Control Orders were made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Application evaluation process

For information on the application and assessment process for obtaining a Multiple Dog Walking Licence and the Code of Conduct for Multiple Dog Walkers, contact the council's Parks Police Service on 020 8871 7532.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

What can I do if my application is refused or if I have a question about my licence?

If your application is refused or you have a question about a licence, please contact the council's Parks Police Service:

Telephone: 020 8871 7532


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