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Controlling your dog in public

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Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs), help tackle irresponsible dog ownership.

Our Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Areas with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)

These include:

  • all fenced children’s play areas
  • all multi use games areas
  • all tennis courts
  • all skate parks
  • all bowling greens
  • all recreational fields associated with education establishments
  • the Playing Area of All Marked Sports Pitches

In public areas with PSPOs, you may have to:

  • keep your dog on a lead
  • put your dog on a lead if told to by a police officer, police community support officer or someone from the council
  • stop your dog going to certain places - like parts of a park, or section of beach
  • clear up after your dog
  • carry a poop scoop and disposable bags


If you ignore a PSPO, you can be fined:

  • £100 on the spot (a ‘Fixed Penalty Notice’)
  • up to £1,000 if it goes to court

Find dog control areas near you

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