Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) for dog fouling

If you are charge of dog then you must immediately clear up if it fouls in any area open to the public in west Suffolk. This will be a legal requirement from 1 October 2017 as all public spaces within West Suffolk will be subject to a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Allowing a dog to foul in an area open to the public without picking it up could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80. If you do not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice then you could be taken to court and fined up to £1000.

In addition, dogs are excluded from some public areas, including play areas and fenced sports pitches (during the playing season):

How you can help

You can help us to tackle the anti-social behaviour of the minority of people who fail to clear up.

If you have witnessed dog fouling and are willing to provide a witness statement, please complete the Litter and dog fouling form with as much detail as you can.

This will be used to enforce the order by authorised council officers.


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

Community Action plan - Dog fouling: reducing the problem