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.
- Background information
- Communities helped to take lead on tackling dog fouling - press release 29 September 2017
- Public Spaces Protection Order (Dogs) 2017 - Forest Heath District Council
- Public Spaces Protection Order (Dogs) 2017 - St Edmundsbury Borough Council
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.
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.