Enforcement and legislation

We continuously try to improve safety in our parks and eliminate anti-social behaviour.

Safety in parks

We work closely with the police and the Safer Neighbourhood teams as well as Parkguard who operate a high-visibility patrol service in our parks.

If you witness someone in the process of committing an act such as fly-tipping, causing criminal damage or another emergency in our parks, you should contact the police or relevant emergency service and provide them with as much information as possible.

You can report any other street cleaning problems, such as fly-tipping, graffiti and dog mess, to our Street Scene team. 


Some of our byelaws will also apply to parks and open spaces in the borough.

Public Space Protection Orders

As of 16 October 2017, all parks and open spaces are controlled by Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These orders impose various restrictions to dog control and other activities in our parks and open spaces.

Dog control

The dog control PSPO (pdf, 11.6 MB) replaces our existing Dog Control Orders and includes a restriction on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person. This number was 6, but this has now been reduced to 4. 

However, we have agreed to issue a total of 18 licences for professional dog walkers so that they can walk up to 6 dogs on one of 6 sites across the borough. Each site has a total of 3 licences. The sites are:

  • Ham Lands
  • Palewell
  • East Sheen
  • Crane Park
  • Barnes Common
  • Hampton Common

We have implemented a grace period where no enforcement of this order will take place while we focus on information and education to ensure as many dog walkers as possible are aware of the changes.

The multiple dog walking and dogs under proper control restrictions (Articles 5 and 6 of the Order) are also not currently operational.

During the grace period, we will publish details of the licence and permit application period. Borough residents who own more than 4 dogs will be able to apply for a permit which allows them to walk up to 6 dogs at any one time. Details on how to apply for a permit will be published online.

Once all applications have been assessed, we will issue resident permits where appropriate and offer professional dog walking licences to up to 18 individuals.

The grace period will remain until further notice whilst we finalise the permit and licence application process. At which point the grace period will finish and enforcement will commence on all sites.

If you would like to report a dog related incident or issue, please use our online form.

Anti-social behaviour

The anti-social behaviour PSPO (pdf, 14.4MB) outlines measures and restrictions to eliminate anti-social behaviour in our parks and open spaces.

Barbecues in parks

Barbecues and open fires are not allowed in Council parks and open spaces and are in breach of our anti-social behaviour PSPO (pdf, 14.4MB).


Our Street Scene Enforcement Team and Parks Patrol Team enforce the orders.

Contact us if you would have any queries on 020 8891 1411 or sse@richmond.gov.uk.

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Updated: 2 May 2018