Dog control orders

Dog control

We have 4 Dog Control Orders designed to:

  • cut down dog fouling
  • restrict dogs from places such as children’s playgrounds
  • ensure that dogs are kept on leads in sensitive areas

Fouling of land

If you are in control of a dog, it is an offence if you do not pick up dog mess on any land with public access including:

  • town centres
  • roads
  • pavements
  • public footpaths
  • woodlands
  • agricultural land
  • common land

Please bin or take home mess. Even if you bag it, you will still be commit a littering offence if you do not deal with it responsibly.

Dogs on leads

If you are walking a dog, it is an offence if you do not keep it on a lead. This should be no longer than 2 metres, on land covered by the Order.

This includes:

  • cemeteries
  • sports pitches
  • A and B roads
  • adjoining footpaths
  • verges

It also applies to some car parks, picnic sites and sensitive wildlife areas at countryside sites.

Dogs on leads by direction

It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead if directed by an authorised Council Officer, Dog Warden, Site Manager or Park Ranger.

Areas excluding dogs

It is an offence if you allow your dog to enter an exclusion area. Exclusion areas include all enclosed children’s play areas and closed multi-use games areas and at Rushmere Country Park (PDF 382.3KB) it will also restrict dogs from designated education areas.

Penalties

The penalty for committing an offence contained in a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000.

A Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 may be offered in place of prosecution, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

Reporting a breach of a Dog Control Order

You can report someone who has breached an order to the ASB and Statutory Nuisance Team on 0300 300 8302 or email customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

You should make a note of what you saw, with as much detail as you can, including (if known) the name, address or car registration number of the person in charge of the dog or a description, what happened, plus details of the date, time, and place.

The team may ask you to provide a witness statement. An officer will investigate and may take action, which may include issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice to the dog owner or prosecution.

If you do not have information about an individual committing an offence, but wish to report a problem with dog mess in your neighbourhood, please call the Waste Services Team on 0300 300 8000 or email customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

A Waste Officer will inspect the area to see if additional cleaning is required, and details passed to the Council’s Dog Warden Service, who may conduct patrols or take enforcement action.

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