Dog Fouling

If your dog fouls in a public area it is your responsibility to ensure the mess is picked up and properly disposed of.

Report dog fouling

It is an offence to fail to carry sufficient means to clean up after your dog.

It is an offence to fail to remove the faeces from the land and to correctly dispose of it (bag it and dispose of in a waste or dedicated dog poo bin; or double bag it and take it home for disposal in your household waste).

Subject to the exception in 1(ii) see below, this article applies to all land which is in the administrative area of the Council and which is:

  • Open to the air (which includes land that is covered but open to the air on at least one side); and
  • To which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

(PLEASE NOTE: 1(ii) This Order does not affect land that is placed at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioner under section 39(1) of the Forestry Act 1967 and Dartmoor National Park Common lands)

Exemptions to the Order

A person registered as blind in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 shall not be guilty of an offence if they are alone with the dog and unable to remove the faeces.

Likewise, a person with a disability which affects their mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift or who relies on an assistance dog trained by a prescribed charity.