Dog fouling

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In North Lincolnshire it is an offence for a person in control of a dog not to clean up immediately if the dog has fouled on public land that is subject to a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). There are a small number of exceptions to this general responsibility.

We rely on information supplied by the local community to help us to tackle irresponsible dog owners.


Further information

  • The day, date, location and time that the incident occurred
  • A description of the person in charge of the dog at the time the incident occurred
  • A description of the dog that they were walking
  • If they arrived in a vehicle, a description of the vehicle including the vehicle registration
  • How far away you were when the incident occurred
  • What kind of view you had
  • The address of the person in charge of the dog


If you are concerned about dog fouling in your area but have not witnessed someone failing to clean up after their dog, you can help by providing the following information.

  • The name and address of the dog owner you think may not be cleaning up after their dog
  • A description of the owner and their dog if they are unknown to you
  • Brief details of the route they take or information that they let their dog out unsupervised
  • Approximate times they walk or let their dog out

If there is sufficient intelligence we can patrol the area in to educate and persuade irresponsible dog owners on the consequences of not clearing up after their dog.

Where an authorised officer has witnessed a dog fouling offence we will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to a dog owner who refuses to clear up after their dog when asked to do so.  If they do not accept the FPN we will aim to prosecute.

Always carry a poop scoop, which is a specially designed plastic shovel, or a bag to carry the dog mess to a suitable waste bin. If there isn’t a litter bin, take it home and dispose of it there.

Dog owners should not allow their pets to foul at random in public areas. Toilet training at puppy stage helps.

If possible, you should encourage your dog to use your own garden – you can then bag the waste and place it in your wheeled bin.

Do not put dog mess in a brown garden recycling bin.

To pay a Fixed Penalty Notice, please use our online form:

In most public places it is an offence for anyone in charge of a dog to fail to clean up after the dog when it fouls. The offence carries a fine.

Dog mess will be cleared from hard surfaces only, and we aim to remove it within five working days from when it is reported.

Please report incidences of dog fouling.

For more information about dog waste bins, please visit our street cleaning programme page.


  • empty all dog waste bins at least once a week
  • respond to reports of overflowing bins within five working days
  • assess reports of damaged bins or bins that need replacing within five working days

Please report overflowing or damaged dog bins using the online form: