Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and issues
The PSPO [PDF, 3Mb] is one of the tools the council employs to control the minority of irresponsible dog owners. There are four separate parts of the Order relating to dog control:
- Dog faeces left by any dog should be removed immediately by the person in charge of or responsible for the dog.
- Dogs are excluded from enclosed children’s play areas and other designated sites such as schools.
- A single person cannot have more than four dogs in their sole charge
- A person in charge of a dog on land to which this order applies must have, and produce on request, the appropriate means to pick up dog faeces deposited by that dog in the area outlined in red on Map A of the PSPO [PDF, 3Mb] document.
Anyone found breaking the PSPO can be issued with an on the spot fixed penalty notice or prosecuted. See our fixed penalty notices page for details of fines.