Dog control

Dog Control Orders

The council's Dog Control Orders (introduced in 2010) ensure that all open spaces and the borough's highways and pavements are regulated properly using a single piece of legislation. Bye-laws relating to council housing estates remain unchanged.

Dogs on the public highway and associated pavements:

  1. Owners are required to pick up after their dogs whenever or wherever they foul.
  2. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
  3. A maximum of four dogs may be walked by any individual. 

The following aspects of dog control are covered by the orders:

  • Fouling of land by dogs - an offence is committed when the person in charge of a dog fails to remove faeces deposited by the dog. This will apply borough-wide.
  • Areas where dogs are required to be on leads - an offence is committed when the person in charge of a dog fails to keep the dog on a lead. This will apply on all public highways including pavements, tree bases, grass verges, grass amenity areas adjacent to highways and road gutters, and will also apply to car parks and cafĂ© outdoor eating areas within parks and open spaces.
  • The requirement for a dog to be put on a lead at the direction of an authorised officer - an offence is committed when the person in charge of a dog fails to put and keep the dog on a lead when instructed to do so by a Parks Police or Dog Control Officer. Enforcement in this area will be both pragmatic and appropriate.
  • The exclusion of dogs from specified areas - an offence is committed when the person in charge of a dog takes it onto or permits it to enter or remain in an area where dogs are excluded. This will apply to children's playgrounds, sports facilities, lakes, ponds, water features and to some very small parks.
  • The maximum number of dogs that an individual may take onto specified areas - an offence is committed when the person in charge of more than one dog takes more dogs into an area than is permitted by the maximum limit. The maximum limit of four dogs will apply borough-wide with the exception of licensed multiple dog walkers in certain parks and open spaces.

View the directory of parks and open spaces to which these orders apply.