A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control comes into effect in County Durham from 1 June 2017. The Order allows new powers to replace and add to existing powers to enforce against irresponsible dog owners.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 brought in Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) - new powers to replace existing Dog Control Orders and extend powers for dog control. Before implementing the PSPO we asked for your views by carrying out a consultation.
Over eighty per cent of people supported the Order, positively agreeing it would:
From 1 June 2017, it is an offence in County Durham if you:
Neighbourhood wardens, trained council staff and Durham Constabulary will have the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 for breaching any aspect of the PSPO. The FPN is reduced to £60 if paid within ten working days.
If the FPN is not paid, you will be taken to Court and prosecuted. The maximum fine is £1,000.
The PSPO does not apply to a person who is registered as blind, or is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.
The PSPO will be implemented and enforced from 1 June 2017.
Please see our Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 463kb) for more details.
Our #FollowOurLead campaign will involve our Civic Pride team and Neighbourhood wardens educating and engaging with dog owners to promote responsible dog ownership across the county. Download our #FollowOurLead educational postcard (PDF, 313kb) and #FollowOurLead educational poster (PDF, 448kb) for further details.
Dog owners can also find out about the new dog control powers by taking their dog to the free community dog health-check events hosted by Dogs Trust. See the Dogs Trust Community Events Calendar (PDF, 361kb) for details or the Dogs Trust Community Events page.
Dangerous dogs or emergency dog situations should be reported directly to the Police. Call 999.