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Dog Control Orders

  • The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
  • The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties etc) Regulations 2006

The following Dog Control Orders came into force on 1 November 2012. For full details of each order please see the documents in the downloads menu.

Update* On 20 October 2017 the Dog Control Orders automatically converted to Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) under the requirements of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This means that the provisions of the DCOs will now automatically be treated as if they were the provisions of PSPOs. These PSPOs will have effect for three years.

1. The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Lancaster City Council) Order 2012

This Order makes it an offence to fail to immediately remove faeces deposited by a dog in your charge. This Order applies to all land which is within the District of Lancaster which is open to the air, including covered land which is open on at least one side, and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment. This Order does not apply to Forestry Commission land.

2. The Dog Exclusion (Lancaster City Council) Order 2012

This Order makes it an offence to allow a dog in your charge to enter a dog exclusion area. This Order applies to all enclosed children’s play areas, all enclosed sports pitches and Happy Mount Park splashpool.

Both of the Orders above will not apply to a person who is registered blind or to those who are disabled and use trained assistance dogs.

3. The Dogs on Leads (Lancaster City Council) Order 2012

This Order makes it an offence if a dog in your charge is not on a lead in designated areas. These designated areas are; all public highways excluding unclassified minor rural roads; Morecambe Promenade; all car parks and public vehicle parking areas maintained by Lancaster City Council; the pedestrianised areas within Lancaster city centre and Morecambe town centre; all cemeteries, graveyards, burial grounds and the grounds of Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium; Dallas Road Gardens, Lancaster; Hall Park, Morecambe; Happy Mount Park, Morecambe; and Regent Park, Morecambe.

4. The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Lancaster City Council) Order 2012

This Order makes it an offence if a dog in your charge is not put and kept on a lead of not more than 2 metres in length, when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This Order applies to all land within the District of Lancaster which is open to the air, including land which is open on at least one side, and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment.

Penalties

The penalty in relation to any offence in the above Dog Control Orders is a fixed penalty notice of £80 to be paid within 14 days. This is reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days. If a Penalty Notice is not paid or is not appropriate, Lancaster City Council may prosecute the offender in the Magistrates Court. The maximum fine on summary conviction is level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1000).

Last updated: 08 November 2017