PSPO Dog Control Orders

Closed 31 Jul 2020

Opened 17 Jul 2020


What is a Public Space Protection Order?

Public Place Protection Orders (PSPO) are orders made by the local authority under powers which were given to them under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

These powers make it possible for Local Authorities to deal with a particular nuisance or problem which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour (ASB) or nuisance.

Why have these areas been selected?

Toxocara canis is a roundworm which primarily affects dogs. Although it doesn’t commonly cause disease in adult dogs, symptoms can be severe in young puppies. More importantly, Toxocara Canis can infest humans as an intermediate host, causing several different syndromes.   Toxocara infects humans by ingestion of tiny amounts of animal faeces. It's most common in small children, who may play in contaminated soil then put their hands in their mouths.

How will the PSPO be enforced?

During the current PSPO from October 2017, 58 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people failing to remove dog faeces.   A number of people failing to pay the FPN have also been prosecuted and enforcement patrols would continue if the PSPO is extended for a further three years.

How will this affect people with a guide dog?

The requirements and prohibitions do not apply to assistance dogs.

What can I do if I witness someone committing one of the offences?

Record details of what you witnessed and report to

Why We Are Consulting

The Council is consulting on proposals to extend for a further period of three years from October 2020, a PSPO which will aim to control activities as described in the consultation.


  • All Areas


  • Tenants / Residents associations
  • Voluntary and third sector organisations
  • All residents


  • Environmental health
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Healthy living
  • Community safety
  • Council plan