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Dog Control Orders and Issues

A dog control order is a way to control a number of potential dog related issues.

We have adopted a number of DCOs. Each one is a separate Order and can be viewed below. You can also view maps of the land covered by the DCOs for different areas by looking at the A to Z index  

Anyone found breaking a DCO can be issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice (fine) or prosecuted.

What legislation is in place for dogs fouling the land?

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1059).

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (North Lincolnshire) Order 2008.

North Lincolnshire Council (in this Order called 'the council') makes the following Order:

1. This Order came into force on 1 September 2008
2. This Order applies to the land specified in the Schedule
3. Offence

  • 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

4. Nothing in this article 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 this article

  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 is guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Schedule

Subject to the exception in paragraph 2 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)

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.  

Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The Dog Control Orders (prescribed offences and penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1059).

The Dog Exclusion (North Lincolnshire) Order 2008:

North Lincolnshire Council (in this order called 'the council') hereby makes the following Order:

  1. This order came into force on 1 September 2008

  2. This order applies to the land specified in the schedule

  3. Offence

  • 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 this article 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 this article:

  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 is guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Schedule

  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)

  3. Those parts of North Lincolnshire coloured red on the plans 

One person taking more than four dogs onto land

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1059).

Dogs Specified Number (North Lincolnshire) Order 2008.

North Lincolnshire Council (in this Order called 'the council') hereby makes the following Order:

  1. This Order came into force on 1 September 2008

  2. This Order applies to the land specified in the Schedule

  3. On land to which this Order applies, the maximum number of dogs which any person may take onto that land is four (4)

  4. Offence

A person in charge of more than one dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, that person takes onto any land to which this Order applies more than the maximum number of dogs specified in article 3 of this Order, 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 

5. For the purposes of this article 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.

6. A person who is guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Schedule

  1. Subject to the exception in paragraph 2 below, all land which is in the administrative area of the council and which is:

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

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

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, 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: 23/11/2016
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