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Review of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog ownership 2023

Tell us what you think about expanding the Public Space Protection Order we have in place to deal with issues arising from irresponsible dog ownership.


We introduced a a PSPO to fine irresponsible dog owners in 2017 to tackle issues in local communities from irresponsible dog ownership. The order, which was supported by 80% of people who responded to our consultation, makes it an offense to:

  • allow a dog to foul without picking it up
  • allow a dog to stray
  • fail to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised person (council staff, neighbourhood wardens or police officer)
  • allow a dog in a fenced off play area it should not be in (a notice will be displayed warning of this)

Owners can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) of £100 if they do any of these things.

The introduction of the PSPO has helped us:

  • create safer and more welcoming play areas
  • reduce the number of stray dogs
  • tackle dog fouling issues

What we are proposing now

Despite these improvements, dog fouling and other dog related issues remain a key area of concern for communities across the county. We are therefore proposing to expand the PSPO to tackle other issues. The current PSPO runs to May 2023, so we'd like your views on expanding the PSPO to include the following.

Read the draft Public Space Protection Order in full:  Icon for pdf Draft Space Public Protection Order for dogs 2023 (PDF, 87.8kb)

Have your say

The closing date is comments is 5.00pm on Monday 13 March 2023.

Next steps

Responses will be considered and findings will be reported back to Cabinet and a decision made to confirm the conditions of the PSPO. The PSPO, including any changes, will be introduced by May 2023. It will be publicised on our website and locally across the county where owners take their dogs. A publicity campaign will be carried out to raise awareness of the PSPO order and any new offences it creates.

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