Public Spaces Protection Order

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Public Spaces Protection Order – enhanced dog control powers

Daventry District has a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place in order to ensure that dogs that are kept under proper control in public places, as well as to tackle dog fouling. A public space is a place that is generally open and accessible to people. Roads (including the pavement), public squares and parks are typically considered public space.

The following elements of the PSPO were introduced in December 2015 and state that anyone who is control of a dog in a public place must:

  • Pick up after that dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after that dog
  • Prevent the dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
  • Put the dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep the dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park.


Anyone who breaches any of the regulations listed above faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or potentially court action, which could result in a fine on conviction of up to £1,000.

Additional regulations from 1 December 2018

A new PSPO containing enhanced powers comes into force on December 1 2018. The new PSPO - which was agreed following extensive public consultation - contains all of the regulations set out above, with the addition of the following: 

  • Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Dogs must be on leads near schools (when the school is open). Clear signage showing these boundaries will be put in place.
  • A maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time
  • No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas.

Full enforcement of these additional regulations will begin on 1 April 2019, following an initial period of education during which officers will provide advice and guidance to anyone caught in breach of the rules.  

Useful links:

Dog warden service

Report dog fouling