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Dog related Public Spaces Protection Orders

On the 23 October 2020 the Dorset Council Dog related Public Spaces Protection Order was made. It came into effect on the 1 January 2021 and will last 3 years. You can view the contents of the order - if you need this document in an accessible format, please do contact us. This supersedes all other Dog Related Orders in the Dorset Council area from the period of enforcement and any byelaw during its life. 

The Order states

  • owners are to pick up their dog's poo in all public spaces and dispose of it appropriately
  • no dogs are allowed in enclosed children’s play areas or on marked sports pitches
  • no dogs are allowed on certain beaches between 1 May and 30 September
  • dogs are to be put on a lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer
  • dogs are to be kept on a lead in signposted and identified areas

Areas dogs are to be kept on a lead

  • cemeteries, churchyards or graveyards
  • council owned allotments
  • formal public gardens
  • within 5 metres of marked sports pitches
  • council owned car parks
  • Rodwell Trail Weymouth
  • on roads and walkways close to certain beaches 
  • certain beaches dependent on season 

Full details are supplied in the Order along with maps to assist.


Exemptions apply which mainly relate to those with poor dexterity or disability preventing them collecting dog poo, as well as enabling those with assistance dogs to access dog excluded areas, these are described in the Order. Additionally, some landowners have exempted their land from some or all of the restrictions.

An Equality Impact Assessment was supplied for Cabinet and helped form the exemptions within the Order, to assist with enforcement and ensure signage was appropriate.

Information signs are provided in most locations to indicate where restrictions are in force. 
Local land owners may choose to have their own restrictions. If you are travelling across private land please be respectful and follow any request about how you control your dog.

Fines (Fixed Penalty Notice)

You may be fined for not complying with the Order. If you believe that you did not offend or you meet any of the exemptions please contact us to discuss.

Authorised Officers will always be able to show you their identity badge or produce their authorisation.

The current penalty level is set in legislation as £100 to be paid within 28 days. Early payment, within 14 days, will reduce this to £75.


On the 6 October 2020 Dorset Council Cabinet members agreed the content of the Dorset Council Dog related Public Spaces Protection Order 2020 following a public consultation process, view the minutes and agenda's for this meeting and previous Places and Resources Overview Committee this also includes the consultation report. 

Further advice

The Dog Warden is happy to speak to members of the public on all dog related issues. If you have queries please contact the Dog Warden Service in your area.

Contact the Dog Warden Service in North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, and Weymouth and Portland

Register on our online portal to contact the Dog Warden Service

Contact the Dog Warden Service in East Dorset

Complete a short online form to contact the Dog Warden Service

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