Dogs Public Spaces Protection Order

The council brought in tough new rules tackling dog fouling on 1 July 2016.

The new PSPO groups existing dog control measures alongside new powers:
  • failure to clean up after their dog
  • exclude dogs from entering areas of Redcar and Saltburn beaches between 1 May and 30 September
  • exclude dogs from entering any of the council's nine cemeteries
  • exclude dogs from entering fenced-off children's play areas
  • failure to have the means to pick-up after their dog

Breach of the PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence, for which the council may issue a fixed penalty notice of not more than £100 (maximum court penalty: £1,000).

What support has the council for these new rules?
The council carried out a 10-week consultation about its proposals before introducing the new rules.
98% supported our plan to continue to make it an offence for people who fail to pick up after their dog
87% also agreed dog walkers should carry the means to pick up after their dog.

Why do we need the public spaces protection order?
Local people across the borough have told us dog fouling is a big issue. Dog faeces pose significant health risks to children and adults. Direct exposure to dog poo can lead to severe illness, and even blindness. Treading in dog mess can lead to slips, trips and falls.

By making these tough new rules, the council aims to increase the risks of being caught for the irresponsible minority of dog walkers who dont think about how their actions blight green spaces for everyone else.

When did the new powers come into force?
1 July 2016.

What happens if my dog fouls a public space and I don't clean it up?
If your dog fouls in a public place and you do not clean it up, you will be committing an offence. If an authorised officer witnesses you not cleaning up after your dog you may be given a fixed penalty notice of £100. Offenders paying within 14 days will pay a reduced fine of £80 and avoid court action.

Payments can be made over the phone or on-line using a credit or debit card.
You may also be issued with a fixed penalty notice if the council secure a witness statement from another person such as a council officer or another member of the public witnessing the offence.

If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty you may be taken to court and fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.

The simplest solution may be to train your dog to go at home before you take it for a walk. You should always be prepared to clean up after your dog and you should always carry some means to clean up your dog's mess when out walking.

What if 'm walking a dog thats not mine and it poos, is it my responsibility to pick it up?
Yes. The rules apply to the person in charge of the dog when it fouls.

What can I use to pick up the waste?
Ordinary plastic carrier bag, dog poo bag or poop scoop device.

I've bagged it but I can't find a dog waste bin. What should I do?
Dog poo can be bagged and placed in any litter bin theyre all dual-use now. If there are no bins available take it home and put it in your household waste bin. If you are caught not cleaning up after your dog, lack of nearby bins will not be a valid defence.

If you come across any bins that are full please report them by emailing or by calling 01642 774 774 and we will empty them.

How will the council enforce these new rules?
The council employs officers to carry out a variety of enforcement work. As well as tackling environmental crime they cover parking issues.

Officers on patrol will target dog fouling hotspots around the borough, including early mornings, evenings and on weekends, with the intention of catching the small minority of dog walkers who are still failing to pick up after their dogs.

They may wear plain clothes and usually use an unmarked vehicle in order to keep a low profile.

What if I'm asked to show a dog poo bag and I refuse?
Officers have no powers of stop and search. However it is an offence to fail to produce a bag or other means for picking up after your dog when asked by an authorised enforcement officer.

The officer will ask for your name and address and issue a fixed penalty fine of £100 if you refuse or are unable to produce a bag.

Its a criminal offence to obstruct an authorised enforcement officer in their duty.

I only take one bag out with me on a walk. What if I am approached after I've used it?
Dog walkers should take at least two bags for each of their dogs with them on every walk. You never know when your dog might need to go again.

Dog walkers having a reasonable excuse for not carrying the means to pick up when approached can appeal by writing to the licensing and parking section at Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, Yorkshire TS10 1RT.

Will I be able to walk my dog in any public space?
There are certain places, known as exclusion zones, where dogs' are not allowed.
Dogs are excluded from:

What happens if I allow my dog in a no dogs' area?
Enforcement officers witnessing dogs being allowed in a no dogs area will ask the offender their name and address and they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100

Why have fines been set at £100?
The council has set the fine at the maximum level permitted for a breach of a public spaces protection order, in order to maximise the deterrent risk for offenders.
The fines are not in place as a money-making scheme or to catch-out responsible owners.

I use an assistance dog. Do the same rules apply?
The rules do not apply to anyone registered as blind or with a disability affecting their mobility, manual dexterity or ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects and who relies on a dog trained by a prescribed charity for assistance.

How are you informing people of the new rules?
Weve put up signs at locations across the borough. The signs alert people to the new rules and the penalty payable by rule-breakers.
Enforcement officers also had a focus on educating dog walkers about the new rule on having the means to pick up during the first two months following the introduction of the new public spaces protection order.

What do the signs mean?

How do I report dog fouling in Redcar and Cleveland?

Report on-line at or call 01642 774774. You should provide as much information as possible, including:
  • What times are the offences being committed?
  • Where are the offences being committed?
  • What does the dog look like?
  • What does the owner look like?
  • If the dog owner is using a car, what is the number on the registration plate?
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