Public Spaces Protection Order: Dog Fouling

South Gloucestershire Council is proposing to use the powers under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to make a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in relation to dog fouling.

It is proposed to extend the land types on which people have to clear up after their dogs so it applies to all land open to the air which the public have access to. Currently we do not enforce against dog fouling on Commons, woodland, farmland or heathland.  Owners or occupiers of land are able to exclude land under their control from this Order.  The Order will not cover land that is managed by the Forestry Commissioners due to existing legislation exempting these areas from dog control orders.

Breach of the PSPO is an offence, which can result in fine of up to £1000 if convicted. The Council may offer a Fixed Penalty Notice instead of prosecution.  It is proposed that the amount of the Fixed Penalty Notice is £100, reduced to £75 for prompt payment.  £100 is the maximum level that a Fixed Penalty Notice can be set at.

We are also consulting on a proposal to give authorised officers the power to require a person in control of a dog to demonstrate that they have the means to clear up after their dog(s). This is a new power to assist with tackling dog fouling concerns. Authorised officers may approach dog owners and request them to produce suitable means of removing dog fouling and transporting it to a suitable bin.  Dog walkers will be expected to show they have bags or other means of clearing up, even if the dog hasn’t defecated at that time.  If they cannot do this, and they are not exempt from the PSPO, they will have committed an offence.



Find out more and have your say


The consultation is open until midnight on Friday 11th January 2019


  •  The draft PSPO can be read in the consultation document
  • Read the Initial Equalities Impact Assessment
  • Complete the online survey
  • Download and print a paper copy of the survey to post to us (or hand in at a library)
  • Pick up a paper copy of the survey from libraries or One Stop Shops, or download and print a copy then post it to us at the below address. If you would like to avoid using a stamp, freepost address envelopes are available at your local library
  • Write to: South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL, BS37 5AF.
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01454 868154


  • Opened
    29 Nov 2018 at 12:00
  • Closes
    11 Jan 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published



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