Public Spaces Protection Order

Public Spaces Protection Order - Enhanced Dog Control Powers


The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which contains these enhanced powers has been formally approved by Daventry District Council and came into force on 1st December 2015.  The new powers - which replace and add to powers previously provided for in Dog Control Orders - make the following offences:


  • failing to pick up after your dog. This will now include all land to which the public can gain access including agricultural land

  • failing to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer - this allows Council officers to direct that a dog is put on a lead when it is causing nuisance and/or danger to other persons and their dogs

  • failing to exclude dogs from designated children's play areas

  • failing to keep dogs on leads in the designated dogs on leads area around the Visitor Centre/Café in Daventry Country Park

  • failing to provide at the request of an authorised officer the means to pick up after a dog


Any breach of the Order could result in the issuing of a £100 fixed penalty notice or being taken to court and receiving a fine on conviction of up to £1000.  Full enforcement of the new rules began on April 1, 2016, following an initial period of education during which officers provided advice and guidance to dog owners.


Click here to view the Public Spaces Protection Order


Find out more with our list of of frequently asked questions


Dog Fouling

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) makes it an offence for any person to allow a dog in their charge to foul any area to which the public has access. The local authority may provide bins in parks and other public areas which may be used by dog owners. The local authority are responsible for monitoring dog fouling, issuing fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to pick up after their dogs and for taking offenders to court where necessary.


What happens if my dog fouls in a public place?

We encourage all dog owners to clean up after their dog has fouled in a public place, as dog fouling is unpleasant and poses a public health risk. If your dog fouls in a public place and you do not clean it up, you will be committing an offence.  If an authorised officer witnesses you not cleaning up after your dog you may be given a fixed penalty of £100. If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty you may be taken to court and fined up to £1000 plus court costs. The fixed penalty is not payable on the spot. You should contact the Council and arrange to pay the fine within 14 days - payments can be made via the telephone using a credit or debit card or online.


Reporting Dog Fouling

According to recent surveys the waste left behind by dogs is the single biggest environmental concern that people have about their local area.  The overwhelming majority of people find dog waste unacceptable.  If you witness someone letting their dog foul without cleaning it up afterwards in a public place, you should report this to the dog warden with as much information as possible, such as:


  • Time/date/location of incident
  • Frequency of offence if it happens regularly
  • Description/breed of dog
  • Any other descriptions to help identify the offender
  • A photo of the dog/incident is useful to identify the dog (but can not be used as evidence)
  • Your name/address/phone number
  • Name/address of offender if known.


You can report a dog fouling instance on line via Self Service, alternatively download the Environmental Crimes Booklet complete it and return it to the Council.


It is difficult to catch offenders without the above information and an authorised officer usually needs to witness the offence being committed before a fixed penalty notice can be issued. If you cannot provide the above information, we can still carry out patrols in your area and provide signage, but the chance of catching the offender is much smaller.


What is the best way of disposing of dog waste?

Dog faeces should be picked up using a poop scoop bag and disposed of in a dog or litter bin. If there is no dog bin available it can be taken home and put into a dustbin. Any dog faeces collected at home should be sealed in a strong plastic bag and put in your household waste or it can be buried in a corner in your garden.


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