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 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


Anyone who breaches the PSPO faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or potentially court action, which could result in a fine on conviction of up to £1,000. These offences have been enforceable since 1st April 2016.

Download the 2015 Public Spaces Protection Order

Download a list of of frequently asked questions about the PSPO

Changes from 1 December 2018

A new PSPO which contains enhanced powers has been formally approved by Daventry District Council and comes into force on 1 December 2018.  The new PSPO - which was agreed following extensive public consultation - contains all of the regulations set out under the existing PSPO, with the addition of the following: 

  • Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Dogs must be on leads near schools (on school days only). 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