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Public Spaces Protection Order

Dog Control

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

As of the 27 July 2015 a PSPO in relation to dog control has taken effect across the Dover district and replaced a number of out of date by-laws to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues such as dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads and excluding dogs from specified areas.

In summary this order:  

  • Excludes dogs from:
    • enclosed children’s play areas 
    • specific beaches at certain times of year
    • specific sporting or recreational facilities
  • Requires dogs to be kept on leads:
    • within specific churchyards and cemeteries
    • specific seafront promenades and seafront gardens
    • specific memorial sites and nature reserves
  • Requires dog owners to remove dog faeces
    • This applies to any land to which is open to air and to which the public have access
  • Requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
    • This will apply to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress

The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date.

Maps showing PSPO areas

Penalty on breach of PSPO 

Any persons found guilty of breaching the order are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of £75 would be most appropriate sanction.

PSPOs may be enforced by police officers, police community safety officers and any officers designated by Dover District Council.



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