Dog Fouling/Barking

DOGS (Fouling of Land) Act 1996

We adopted the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 to cover all land within its district which is open to the air and to which the public are allowed or permitted to have access these include:

  • Pavements
  • Parks
  • Roads
  • Open Spaces
  • Footbridges
  • Amenity Areas
  • Footpaths
  • Shopping Precincts
  • Grass Verges
  • Car Parks
  • Playing Fields

The law does not apply to the following:

  1. Land comprised in or running alongside a highway where the speed limit is over 40mph.
  2. Land used for agriculture or woodland.
  3. Land which is permanently marshland, moor or heath.
  4. Rural common land.

Private gardens, drives, roads etc. are not covered by the legislation as they are not for general public access.
People who are registered blind and in control of a dog are exempt.
If you are not sure whether the Act applies to an area, you should assume that it does.