Public Space Protection


Consultation on implementing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control

We’re inviting people to have their say on proposals to introduce a Public Space Protection Order for dog control. This will replace our existing Dog Control Order, which makes it an offence to allow a dog to foul without picking it up.

New legislation introduced (The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) extended our powers to encourage responsible dog ownership by turning Dog Control Orders into PSPOs

What will the PSPO for dog control actually mean?

A Public Space Protection Order is an Order that identifies a particular public place and does not allow certain things to be done in the restricted areas.

When implemented, it will be an offence in County Durham to:

  • Allow a dog to foul without picking it up (already an offence under our existing Dog Control Order and will continue to be an offence under the new PSPO)
  • Allow a dog to stray
  • Fail to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer
  • Allow dogs into fenced off play areas which are owned and managed by us (DCC). See attached list of sites where there are fenced off play areas and where dogs will no longer be allowed to enter – will also be available online).

Anyone in breach of the PSPO will be issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

Why are we considering implementation of this order

Introducing the PSPO will have a potential positive impact on everyone as it will ensure our open spaces are:

  • cleaner (reduced dog fouling)
  • safer (reduced risk of slips, trips and falls by treading on dog excrement, reduced risk of encountering unaccompanied dogs that have the potential to be aggressive and/or cause traffic incidents)
  • healthier (reduced risk of contracting toxocariasis from dog faeces that could lead to blindness in humans)

There is a communications plan which will include raising awareness through a press release, details being sent to stakeholders along with signage/cards for specific areas affected and available in key locations.

The main means of feedback will be through the online consultation form at or call 03000 265 586 to request a paper survey. This consultation runs from Monday, 12 September until Monday, 5 December 2016.

To help we have attached a copy of the FAQ’s and the postcard that will be used and there will be more detail on the webpage however if members have any specific questions in the meantime please contact Ian Hoult (Neighbourhood Protection Manager)

Kevin Thompson

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