Report dog fouling
It's an offence to let a dog in your control foul on 'designated land', if you don't clean up immediately afterwards.
The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996
It's an offence to let a dog in your control foul on 'designated land', if you don't clean up immediately afterwards. 'Designated land' includes the following:
- Verges and land next to highways with speed limit of 40 mph or lower
- All publicly owned land accessible to the public in towns and villages
- Playing fields, parks, playgrounds, recreation grounds, holiday camps, caravan sites, car parks, picnic sites, churchyards and cemeteries
- Public footpaths and bridleways where 'No Fouling' signs are displayed
- All play, recreation and picnic areas at pubs and hotels.
If a dog has fouled in these areas, the council may issue a fixed penalty notice or begin a prosecution.
How do I complain about dog fouling?
Use our online form or phone our Local Environment team, providing as much detail as you can about the problem area.
The Local Environment team will investigate, clean up fouled areas, put up signs, install waste bins and refer any enforcement cases to the Environmental Health Service.
What should I do if my dog has fouled?
Always carry a plastic bag to pick up the mess as soon as your dog has fouled and put it in the nearest dog waste or litter bin. If there are no bins nearby, please take the waste home and dispose of it safely there.
Am I responsible if I'm walking somebody else's dog?
Yes, the person in charge of the dog at the time of the offence is the one who would be fined or charged.
Ask for 'No Fouling' signs or dog waste bins
Contact us, and provided that the area is 'designated land', we'll put up signs where appropriate and/or consider whether bins are needed. Any new bins installed will be combined litter/dog waste bins.