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. This order remains in place into West Northamptonshire Council.

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 PSPO states 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
  • Keep the dog on a lead in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens, and near schools when they are open.

The PSPO also states that a maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time, and that no smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas.

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.

Useful links:


Dog warden service

Report dog fouling