Dog fouling

About dog fouling and penalties

Anyone walking a dog must pick up any fouling and dispose of it correctly. You should always carry bags to put the waste in and then you can either take it home to dispose of, use dog waste bins, or even a litter bin.

Fines

It is an offence to allow your dog to foul in any public place and not clean it up. The fine for this offence is £50 (The dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 section 4)

The council can also issue a fine if a witness statement is provided by a member of the community. Reports must be passed to the Clean Neighbourhoods Team to investigate. In nearly all cases the witness will remain anonymous whilst action can be taken against the offenders.

It is not a defence to claim that you had nothing with you to clean up the mess.

The law does not apply to guide dogs for the blind.

Service standard

We aim to remove reported dog fouling within one working day.

Last updated: ‎27‎/‎10‎/‎2021‎ ‎14‎:‎24‎