Dog fouling

Dog mess is a nuisance and health risk. If you take a dog out (on or off the lead) you must clear up its mess, even if you are not the owner. If your dog goes out on its own and makes a mess, you’re still responsible - ignorance is not an excuse.

Clear up dog mess by placing it in a bag, and put it into any litter bin. We have installed special dog litter bins in parks. Having no bags is not an excuse for failing to clear up.

Our duty to remove dog mess

We can only remove dog fouling from council land, if it is on private land, it's removal is the responsibility of the landowner.

Report dog fouling

Our Litter Blitz crew can usually clear an area within 48 hours of a report.

The rules about dog fouling

Our Environmental Enforcement Officers wearing body cameras can issue on the spot fines of £100 to anyone who doesn't clear up after their dog. If you fail to pay the fine you may be taken to court.

Exemptions

People who are registered blind (and sometimes owners of other assistance dogs) are exempt from these rules.

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