We introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on 1 January 2019 to deal with the issue of dog fouling in public spaces.
From 1 April 2019, we will issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to people who don't pick up their dog waste, dispose of it properly or show they have something suitable to pick up the dog waste.
What is a PSPO?
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) relate to activities taking place which are or may be detrimental to the local community's quality of life. We hope by implementing the PSPO for dog fouling, we can prevent and reduce this anti-social behaviour and help promote responsible dog ownership.
What does the dog fouling PSPO involve?
The order requires people in charge of dog(s) in Waverley's open public spaces to:
- pick up immediately after the animal has fouled
- dispose of the waste appropriately - in a public bin, or at home
- carry something to pick up dog waste with, showing it to the enforcement officer if asked.
This applies to any public open space in the Waverley area.
The PSPO will be in place for three years from 1 January 2019.
Who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices?
Officers will have the power to issue FPNs if you do not comply with the order.
The following can issue the FNP:
- authorised Waverley staff
- police officers
- Police Community Support Officers
- authorised contractors working on our behalf.
How will this work in practice?
Enforcement officers will take a common sense approach, and will generally approach people at the start of their walk at the entrance to parks or in car parks at popular dog walking areas. We are not aiming to 'catch out' responsible dog owners.
Officers will not be using 'stop and search', but may ask for names and addresses, and will have the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) if you can't show you that you have something suitable to pick up the dog waste.
What happens if I breach the PSPO?
If you breach the order, you may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) up to £100. We won't prosecute you if you pay the FPN.
We will provide advice and guidance to offenders until 31 March 2019. We will start issuing FPNs to offenders from 1 April 2019.
How to pay the FPN
You can pay online, by phone or cheque. An FPN is not an 'on the spot fine'.
If you don't pay, you may be prosecuted. It can lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and court costs.
How to report issues of dog fouling
If you witness someone letting their dog foul and not cleaning up afterwards in a public place, you should report this to us with as much information as possible.
Please include as much information as you can to help us to tackle the matter, such as:
- Time/date/location of the incident
- Frequency of the offence if this occurs regularly
- Description/breed of dog
- Any other relevant description to help identify the offender
- A photo of the dog/incident to help identify the dog (but this cannot be used in evidence)
- Your contact details - name/address/phone number
- Name/address of offender, if known.
This will be reviewed and you will be asked to provide a supporting witness statement, if action can be taken.
Please be aware that it is difficult to take action in relation to dog fouling without supporting information. If you cannot provide all of the above information, we will still assess what you can indicate and will use this information to carry out patrols and provide signs.
Other dog control issues
We are still considering our approach to other possible dog controls, such as dogs on leads, dogs on leads by direction, dog exclusion areas, and restrictions on the number of dogs a walker can have with them at a single time.
We will consider the consultation responses for these other aspects and report back in due course.
Page owner: Henry Ascoli. Last updated: 18/01/2019 12:50