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Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and Issues

The PSPO is one of the tools the council employs to control the minority of irresponsible dog owners. There are three separate parts of the Order relating to dog control and each part can be viewed below.

  • Dog faeces left by any dog should be removed immediately by the person in charge of or responsible for the dog.
  • Dogs are excluded from enclosed children’s play areas and other designated sites such as schools
  • A single person cannot have more than four dogs in their sole charge.  

Anyone found breaking the PSPO can be issued with an on the spot £80 fixed penalty notice or prosecuted.

If a dog defecates at any time on land to which this Order applies and a person who is in charge of the dog at that time fails to remove the faeces from the land immediately, that person shall be guilty of an offence unless:

  • They have a reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or

  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to them failing to do so

    Nothing in the PSPO applies to a person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or

  • Has a disability which affects mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which they rely for assistance.

  • Each of the following is a "prescribed charity": Dogs for the Disabled (registered charity number 700454), Support Dogs (registered charity number 108828), Canine Partners for Independence (registered charity number 803680).        

    For the purposes of the PSPO

  1. A person who habitually has a dog in their possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog.
  2. Placing the faeces in a receptacle on the land which is provided for the purpose, or for the disposal of waste, shall be a sufficient removal from the land.
  3. Being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise), or not having a device for or other suitable means of removing the faeces shall not be a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the faeces.

Penalty

A person who fails to clear up dog faeces may be offered an on the spot £80 fixed penalty notice or on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Where does the PSPO apply?

Subject to the exception in paragraph 3 below, all land which is in the administrative area of the Council and which is:

  1. Open to the air (which includes land that is covered but open to the air on at least one side) and;

2.    To which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

3.    Excepted from the description in paragraph 1 above is land that is placed at the disposal of the
      Forestry Commissioners under section 39(1) of the Forestry Act 1967.  

 

A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, they take the dog onto, or permits the dog to enter or to remain on, any land to which this order applies unless: 
        
  • They have a reasonable excuse for doing so; or
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his doing so.

Nothing in the PSPO applies to a person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or
  • Is deaf, in respect of a dog trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (registered charity number 293358) and upon which they rely for assistance; or
  • Has a disability which affects mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which they rely for assistance.

For the purposes of the PSPO:

  1. A person who habitually has a dog in his possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog; and
  2. Each of the following is a 'prescribed charity': Dogs for the Disabled (registered charity number 700454), Support Dogs (registered charity number 1088281), Canine Partners for Independence (registered charity number 803680).    

Penalty

A person who takes a dog or dogs onto land where dogs are excluded may be offered an on the spot £80 fixed penalty notice or on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Where does the PSPO apply?

  1. All land within the council's administrative area comprising any fenced (and/or hedged and/ or walled) educational facility (school) signed at its entrance(s) as a 'dog exclusion area' (whether the sign uses those particular words or words and/or symbols having like effect).
  2. All land within the council's administrative area comprising any fenced (and / or hedged and / or walled) children's play area signed at its entrance(s) as a 'dog exclusion area' (whether the sign uses those particular words or words and / or symbols having like effect).

A person in charge of more than four dogs shall be guilty of an offence, unless:  

  • They have a reasonable excuse for doing so; or  
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to their doing so. 

For the purposes of the PSPO:

1. A person who habitually has a dog in his possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog.

Penalty

A person who walks four or more dogs on their own may be offered an on the spot £80 fixed penalty notice or on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Where does the PSPO apply?

Subject to the exception in paragraph 3 below, all land which is in the administrative area of the Council and which is:

  1. Open to the air (which includes land that is covered but open to the air on at least one side) and;
  2. To which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).
  3. Excepted from the description in paragraph 1 above is land that is placed at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioners under section 39(1) of the Forestry Act 1967.  

If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place or has bitten someone, please call Humberside Police on 101 or in an emergency call  999.

Concerns about the welfare of a pet animal need to be reported to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

In the event of an emergency, such as an animal being beaten there and then, the Police need to be contacted on 999 for urgent assistance.

If you are concerned about animals fighting, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

If you suspect someone is keeping a prohibited dog type, such as a Pitbull, you need to inform the Police by calling 101.

Concerns about the health or welfare of farm livestock need to be reported to our Animal Health department. You can visit their page on our website here.

Dogs bark for a number of reasons, often because they are afraid, bored, lonely, mistreated or protecting their family or property.

Some barking dogs can cause a nuisance to surrounding residents. We have more information on our Noise Control section.

To pay a Fixed Penalty Notice, please use our online form: 

Pay a fixed Penalty Notice

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Last updated: 01/11/2017