The proposals to renew the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog controls was considered at the council’s Public Protection and Enforcement PDS Committee and the Environment PDS Committee in June 2023. The renewal will be introduced for a further three years from September 2023, with amendments to proposals being made following consultation.
Dog control order 2023 to 2026 overview
Article 1: Dog fouling
If within the Restricted area, a dog defecates in any public place at any time, the person in charge of the dog at the time must remove the faeces immediately.
Article 2: Dogs on leads by direction
A person in charge of a dog, at any time, within the restricted area must comply with a direction given to them by an authorised person to put and keep the dog on a lead for such period and/or in such circumstances as directed by that person.
Article 3: Dog exclusion areas
A person in charge of a dog must not, at any time, take that dog onto, or permit a dog to enter or to remain on, any public place detailed in schedule 2. (This only pertains to the specified area within the location stated).
Article 4: Dogs on lead areas
A person in charge of a dog in any public place detailed in schedule 3 must keep that dog on a lead. (This only pertains to the specified area within the location stated).
Article 5: Dog handlers – Maximum 4 dogs
A person in charge of more than three dog shall be guilty of an offence if at any time, they take more than three dogs in any public place detailed in schedule 1, unless they have a licence issued by the council permitting them to be in charge of no more than four dogs.
Article 6: Dogs to be kept under proper control – Dogs on a lead
A person in charge of a dog in the restricted area shall be guilty of an offence if their dog is not kept under proper control.