Dog fouling

If you are a dog owner or walker then you must pick up your dog's mess if it fouls in areas open to the public. This is a legal requirement as described under the Public Spaces Protection Order (Dogs) 2017 (refer to this for exceptions to picking up dog foul). If you do not then you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. If you do not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice then you could be taken to court and fined up to £1000.

To report a problem contact Customer Services:

  • report dog foul that needs clearing
  • if you have witnessed dog fouling and are willing to provide a witness statement
  • let us know if you think there is a need for a dog bin in a particular place
  • report a full or overflowing dog bin

phone Customer Services 01638 719000 or 01284 763233, email

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Some organisations such as parish councils and others who are responsible for land that is used by the general public may encounter a dog fouling issue. We have produced a toolkit, to help those affected understand and tackle this behaviour.

Community action plan - dog fouling - reducing the problem