Dog beach ban due to come into force

Lancaster City Council is reminding dog owners that annual restrictions on Morecambe’s bathing beaches will come into force on Monday May 1.

Each year the city council bans dogs from Morecambe South and North beaches from May 1 until September 30 to comply with the Seaside Award. 

The awards recognise beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.

Restricting dogs during the summer months also helps to maintain the water quality of the two beaches during their busiest period.

The consequence of breaching the ban is a fixed penalty notice of £80 to be paid within 14 days. This is reduced to £50 if paid within seven days. 

If a Penalty Notice is not paid, 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 £1,000).

More information can be found on our dog wardens page.

Last updated: 26 April 2017